CBT Orlando therapy helps with fixing negative thoughts. CBT Orlando therapy for fixing negative thought pattern stands for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is one of the most common forms of psychotherapy used today. It is a form of Orlando therapy in which negative thought patterns about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders. With CBT, cognitive reconstruction plays an essential role in the process. Cognitive reconstruction (CR) is the process of learning to identify and challenge cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions stem from limited thinking patterns such as “all-or-nothing” thinking, to irrational self-beliefs, to emotional reasoning, and so on. These cognitive distortions are commonly related to mental health disorders, in which cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive restructuring can help treat.
For those of you who identify with cognitive distortions and struggle daily to overcome them, finding ways to restructure your thoughts helps.
Pinpoint a cognitive distortion you’d like to work on. For example, perhaps you’re always thinking negatively; maybe you catch yourself always saying, “It’s not going to turn out well, nothing ever turns out well for me,” or “Why bother, I am going to fail anyways.” When you catch yourself thinking this way, challenge yourself to think of other ways to analyze the situation, or think about the situation in a more positive manner. When you catch yourself saying, “It’s not going to turn out well, nothing ever turns out well for me,” stop for a minute and think about all the times things DID work out well, and use that to fight your cognitive distortion.
Mindfulness meditation puts your focus on breathing, and requires you to focus on the actual sensation and experience of breathing, rather than thinking about your breathing. This practice is a great tool to train yourself to become more aware of when you’re stuck in a negative thought process. Although mindfulness meditation is not a specific tool for cognitive reconstructing, it aids in becoming more aware of any negative thoughts that come into your mind, and allows you to bring your attention back to the reality of a situation.
Positive affirmations are specific thoughts and statement that help a person overcome maladaptive thoughts, such as self-sabotaging. Positive affirmations help in making positive changes to your thought process, and to your overall quality of life. When you recognize a thought distortion or negative thought, challenge yourself to re-frame your thought into a more positive manner, whether you believe it or not. For example, when you catch yourself thinking negatively about your looks, automatically stop what you’re doing and think the complete opposite. Instead of saying, “I look so ugly today,” say, “I look beautiful today, and I am comfortable with who I am.” Doing positive affirmations consistently will start to change your negative thought process. We aren’t born thinking negatively about ourselves, and our lives, it is something we learn. This means we simply need to teach ourselves proper thoughts and relearn our ways of thinking.
If you find yourself stuck in a never-ending cycle of cognitive distortions and negative thought processes, and you’ve tried these three tools, then don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance. Heather Oller at Orlando Thrive Therapy is a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive restructuring. Call her today for a free 15-minute consultation at 407-592-8997 or email her today. You are loved, you are worthy, and you deserve to live a happy and fulfilling live. Don’t keep allowing irrational beliefs and cognitive distortions from letting you live life to the fullest. (Article contributed by Ashley Campo, UCF Psychology major).
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.