CBT Specialist

Connect Wellness

Mental Wellness located in Beverly Hills, CA

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats a variety of issues, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychiatrist Rod Amiri, MD, uses CBT along with other evidence-based approaches to treatment in the intensive outpatient program he leads at Connect Wellness in Beverly Hills, California. To learn how CBT can help you achieve a healthier state of mind, call the office or book an appointment online today.

CBT Q & A

What is cognitive-behavioral therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an established, evidence-based type of talk therapy that treats many types of mental health disorders. The team at Connect Wellness uses this goal-oriented technique to help you attain a better understanding of how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect your mental well-being.

The concept behind CBT is that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. By objectively identifying harmful thoughts, you can determine whether these thoughts are rooted in reality. If not, the team teaches you strategies you can use to challenge and overcome these negative thoughts. 

What does cognitive-behavioral therapy treat?

Dr. Amiri and the team at Connect Wellness uses CBT to treat a wide range of mental health disorders, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexual disorders
  • Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder

If you have one or more of these disorders, CBT may be part of your individualized treatment plan in the intensive outpatient program at Connect Wellness.

How can cognitive-behavioral therapy help me?

In addition to helping people manage mental health disorders and prevent relapse, CBT improves functioning in many ways. CBT may help you:

  • Identify ways to manage emotions
  • Learn techniques to handle stressful life changes
  • Cope with grief and loss
  • Overcome emotional trauma
  • Resolve relationship conflicts
  • Learn to communicate better

You can’t control every aspect of your life, but CBT techniques can help you control your perceptions and interactions.

What should I expect from cognitive-behavioral therapy?

CBT group therapy sessions at Connect Wellness include structured and easy-to-follow steps to help you identify the distorted thoughts and beliefs that negatively affect your mood and sense of well-being. Dr. Amiri and the other therapists work with you as a team toward mutually agreed-upon goals for your mental health.

Occasionally, the team may assign you homework or provide worksheets to help you integrate CBT techniques into your daily life. You complete the program with healthier patterns of thinking and functional skills to improve your motivation and self-esteem. 

If you’re ready to free yourself from the restrictions of negative thoughts and unrealistic beliefs, call Connect Wellness or book an appointment online to learn more about CBT today.