Cognitive Therapy


Cognitive Therapy identifies and works to change dysfunctional thoughts and emotional responses, and the unskillful behaviors they evoke. Together the therapist and client explore the accuracy of thoughts, seeking to correct underlying beliefs that may be unrealistic or unhelpful. Once the thinking process becomes more accurate, behavior begins to shift as do the client’s emotional reactions to challenging life situations.

Mindfulness is critical to this process in that present-moment attention to thinking, emotions, and behavior helps the client identify problematic areas to explore. Mindfulness then guides the exploration process and helps the client track the changes that emerge as well. Yoga Nidra, or iRest, is an additional mindfulness-based tool that can be used to explore particularly challenging beliefs and emotions.