By: Carey Robey, MS, LPC, NCC Would you like to know how to challenge and change your negative thinking patterns? Learning how to challenge your negative thoughts is a skill that can help you decrease anxiety and have lasting effects on your overall mental health. How you can change negative thinking patterns: Changing negative thinking […]
By: Carey Robey, MS, LPC, NCC
Would you like to know how to challenge and change your negative thinking patterns? Learning how to challenge your negative thoughts is a skill that can help you decrease anxiety and have lasting effects on your overall mental health.
How you can change negative thinking patterns:
Changing negative thinking patterns can be done by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Many of my clients know of CBT but are new to the idea of cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are exaggerated ways of thinking that are not based on fact, leading us to have a much more negative perception of things than what is reality. Cognitive distortions tend to be worse when feeling down, stressed, or already struggling with depression or anxiety. In therapy, we work on identifying these negative or intrusive thoughts and learn how to counter and change them.
Negative thoughts and actions can be changed!
Because our thoughts dictate our mood and our actions, it is essential that we do not stay in a place where ideas are irrationally negative or not consistent with reality. Working on reversing cognitive distortions is a vast part of CBT. One can learn to master the skills of challenging thoughts so much so that eventually, it becomes like second nature. Though everyone engages in distorted thinking habits, individuals might have developed more particular patterns that they engage in often. Some common distortions are jumping to conclusions, mind reading, catastrophizing, and filtering. Once you can identify such negative thinking patterns, the easier it will be to work on engaging in more constructive thinking habits.
Benefits of using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you will learn to recognize and identify thoughts so you may begin engaging in questioning them. Questioning can be helpful in several ways depending on your thinking habits; you will learn how to look for evidence for and against your thought, consider different perspectives, and analyze how you came to the assumption, to begin with.
This is a tool a therapist can help you develop, so you may use this as a coping skill on your own in the hopes of one day changing those distorted patterns into healthier ones. If you are seeking help in turning around negative thinking, consider therapy to learn skills on challenging thoughts so you may have long-term benefits on your mental well-being.
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If you are ready to find out more information regarding changing your negative thinking patterns, the therapists at The Counseling Center at Cinco Ranch can help! To begin counseling in Katy Texas, follow these three steps:
- Contact our office to set up an appointment or to get more information about depression and anxiety treatment
- Meet with one of our caring therapists
- Find peace from your stress with counseling!
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