Bobby Verdugo, LCSW

Los Angeles Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?


Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a relatively short-term, focused therapy that
is effective for a wide range of psychological problems including depression,
anxiety, anger, marital conflict, loneliness, panic, fears, eating disorders
substance abuse, alcohol abuse and dependence and personality problems.
The focus of therapy is on how you are thinking, behaving, and communicating
today rather than on your early childhood experiences. The therapist assists
the patient in identifying specific errors (using thought restructuring
techniques) and biases in thinking and provides guidance and tools on how
to change this maladaptive thinking

Cognitive therapy helps the patient learn effective self-help skills that are used
in homework assignments that help you change the way you think, feel and
behave now. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is action-oriented, practical,
rational, and helps the patient gain independence and effectiveness in dealing
with real-life issues.

Why cognitive therapy?


There are many kinds of therapy that are available. I focus on a wide range of
different kinds of cognitive and behavioral therapies in order to find the
treatment best suited for you. The exciting thing about cognitive behavioral
therapy is that it actually works. This conclusion is based on a great deal of
scientific research. Numerous outcome studies show that cognitive therapy is
a effective treatment modality for depression, anxiety and other fears and
does not have the negative side-effects of medications. Furthermore, it is
often superior to other treatments in preventing relapse because patients
learn self-help tools and strategies in therapy.