Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most widely used therapy for anxiety disorders because it addresses distortions, or the way negative thoughts (cognitions) create fearful views of situations that others view as “normal.” To the anxious individual, these negative thoughts evoke the “fight or flight” response; behavioral therapy identifies “triggers” that evoke negative reactions and behaviors. Only then can coping strategies begin.
At the TRAINOR Center, we apply CBT to help patients and their families understand that these fearful thoughts, not the situations themselves, affect perceptions. We work with patients and families to turn negative thoughts into positive ones by understanding “real” versus “silly” fears. As a supportive team, we identify and analyze harmful beliefs and replace them, step-by-step, with healthier outlooks.