The purpose of Milwaukee Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to explore the mental and physical habits that keep patients trapped in a web of self-defeating patterns. A therapist can then assist the patient in making gradual, realistic and measurable changes towards a more fulfilling life.
In the initial Milwaukee CTB session, the therapist and patient will discuss the patient’s treatment objectives. Once a clear goal is in mind, the next phase of treatment begins. Because of the action-oriented nature of this therapy, patients are usually given assignments, or “homework”, to complete on their own. For instance, an OCD sufferer with an intense fear of microbial contamination might be instructed to touch the door handle of a public restroom. The OCD patient will then refrain from washing their hands for a specific period of time. Alternatively, a patient who feels debilitating anxiety in social situations might be asked to observe and make notes of their thoughts and emotions in social environments, and then extend their comfort zones in a controlled and gradual manner. Over the course of the therapy, the patient learns to recognize and replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more realistic and positive ones.
If this therapy has been suggested to you by a family doctor, or if you personally feel that either yourself of a loved one would benefit from CBT, contact Annette E Madison MSW LCSW today to schedule an appointment with our intake specialist.