Stuff My Therapist Says

An In-Depth Look at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy w/ Melissa Donohue

May 06, 2021 Sara Makin & Melissa Donohue Season 1 Episode 9
Stuff My Therapist Says
An In-Depth Look at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy w/ Melissa Donohue
Show Notes

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. CBT looks at the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and helps in multiple capacities with issues including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, addiction, and more.

In Episode 9 of The Makin Wellness Podcast, I am joined by fellow Makin Wellness therapist Melissa Donohue. Melissa specializes in anxiety and trauma and her expertise on CBT is incredibly valuable! Our conversation dives deep into the subject and how this form of evidence-based practice can truly make an impact if you're struggling with mental health issues today.

In this episode of The Makin Wellness Podcast, you'll learn:

  • The philosophy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • The definition of cognitive distortions and why they play such a huge role in our lives
  • Why so many people struggle with "black and white thinking"
  • Why telling someone to "think positive" just isn't enough
  • How CBT can help you overcome numerous struggles
  • Simple CBT-related exercises you can practice at home 


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