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Shaquana talks CBT


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CBT stands for Cognitive-behavioral Therapy. It focuses on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how the interaction between the three contributes to or hinders our overall well-being. What I enjoy most about CBT is that it can be used in the treatment of both adults and children and there is plenty of evidence that shows that it works…if you do your part, but that’s another topic ;)


CBT is my go-to treatment when beginning new therapeutic relationships because sometimes when we seek help from a therapist, we don’t know exactly what the problem is. Beginning treatment from a Cognitive-behavioral perspective allows me to assist with identifying and understanding thoughts and feelings.


My first step is to focus on identifying and understanding thoughts and feelings. Previously, I worked with a Client- a few years ago and it was clear that their diagnosis was Trichotillomania. What I didn’t know was whether the hair pulling was anxiety triggered or trauma triggered. Trichotillomania does not have a clear “cause,” but there are definitely triggers. Long story short, CBT was effective and their progress was measurable and apparent via their hair growth.


What if you don’t have a mental health diagnosis? What if you’re a single parent feeling exhausted? What if you’re a college student about to have a meltdown? What if you just hate your job? CBT can still be applicable!!


My advice to everyone is, don’t think too much about whether it is or it isn't. If you’re feeling “off,” talk to a therapist; you don’t have to know what the issue is, let us help you!


My clients can expect to be uncomfortable at times because with CBT and identifying thoughts and feelings, you have to be open to verbalizing the good and the bad. They can also expect me to accompany them along their journey, providing support and meaningful feedback. This is an essential piece and the most challenging part because it can be really difficult to talk about the bad. The most rewarding part for me as a Therapist is witnessing the progress, it's a constant reminder of why I chose to do what I do. See you soon!


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