Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Specialist

Psychiatry in Tucson, AZ

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

When you’re struggling with your mental well-being, you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on changing how you think to improve how you feel and behave. At Faith Integrated Psychiatry in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, Joy Kwakuyi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, uses many tools to improve your mental wellness, including CBT. Call the office nearest you, or schedule your in-office or telemedicine cognitive behavioral therapy appointment online today.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a type of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. It combines two therapeutic approaches: cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.

Cognitive therapy

Cognitive therapy focuses on how thoughts affect your feelings and behavior. For example, if you think negatively about yourself, it makes you feel sad and may keep you from activities that make you happy.

Behavioral therapy

Behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and changing unhealthy behaviors by rewarding desired behaviors, eliminating those that are unhealthy.

The idea behind CBT is that what you think affects how you feel and behave. Together, all of these factors influence your emotional well-being. 

What happens during CBT?

The specifics of your CBT at Faith Integrated Psychiatry depends on your emotional and mental health needs. Dr. Kwakuyi does a diagnostic psychiatric evaluation so he can better understand your issues and needs and determine the best course of action.

During CBT, Dr. Kwakuyi encourages you to talk about your troubles and feelings to identify the current most distressing problem. He then helps you find solutions to your problem to improve how you think and feel.

CBT aims to help you develop mechanisms for coping with the struggles of daily life. This includes creating a healthier pattern of thinking when dealing with a stressful situation, preventing the negative emotions, and improving how you react to the issue.

Dr. Kwakuyi also offers Christian counseling and may use religious cognitive behavioral therapy (RCBT) to help you find a solution to your problem. With RCBT, Dr. Kwakuyi uses the Bible as a guide for problem-solving.

Am I a candidate for CBT?

Dr. Kwakuyi determines if you’re a candidate for CBT after your diagnostic psychiatric evaluation. CBT benefits many conditions, and he may use this form of psychotherapy to treat:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anger management

He may also use CBT to help you cope with grief, resolve relationship issues, or manage the emotional effects of a chronic illness.

Dr. Kwakuyi may combine your CBT with other treatments like medication management so you get the best possible outcomes.

Though CBT is an effective therapeutic tool, it’s not the right treatment for all people. Dr. Kwakuyi may recommend other forms of therapy based on your needs and goals. 

To learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy, call Faith Integrated Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.

We treat patients for anxiety and depression in Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call us to book your appointment today.

Faith Integrated Psychiatry
✆ Phone (appointments): 520-263-1583
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 520-505-7184
Address: 4400 E Broadway Blvd, Suite 411, Tucson, AZ 85711
3104 East Camelback Road, #2944, Phoenix, AZ 85016