We specialize in CBT, IFS informed therapy, and DBT for depression and anxiety in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and throughout Georgia.

Anxiety and Depression Therapy in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Feeling stuck? Are you having trouble controlling your thoughts or behaviors? We are our own biggest critics. Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Our cognitive behavioral therapists at Towler Counseling help clients understand their thoughts and behaviors through cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. The purpose of CBT and DBT is to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and to provide yourself with grace. CBT sessions focus on teaching people skills to interrupt and change negative or problematic thoughts and behaviors that feed into mental health problems. Cognitive behavioral therapists tend to be more structured in their approach. They use sessions to teach specific CBT skills and concepts and encourage the client to apply what they learn in between sessions. Some therapists will assign homework or CBT skills to use outside the session. CBT therapist is a great therapist for people who are dealing with anxiety and depression as it allows the client to begin to explore the causes. 

At some point in our lives, we all deal with anxiety, but how we respond to it and deal with it is what matters. Therapy can assist us in learning how to live freely without allowing anxiety to control our lives. We are here to help you take the next step to overcome your anxiety! Therapy techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you break down your anxiety and examine your thoughts. A large amount of research has accumulated on the efficacy and effectiveness of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) for anxiety disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Do you feel sluggish or tired with no motivation? Do you suffer from seasonal affective disorder? Depression does not have to limit you. CBT and DBT therapies help. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 264 million people need depression treatment for major depression disorder, which is sometimes referred to as “clinical depression” or just “depression.” In the U.S. alone, more than 17 million adults suffer from depression, and those are the only individuals that seek help. Depression does not control you. Depression can be managed with therapy. Let us help you overcome depression with proven treatments!  

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT? CBT is a psychotherapeutic treatment used to help people identify and reframe negative or disturbing thoughts. By breaking down these warped thoughts, clients can see how negative thoughts affect their behaviors. Clients can reframe their thoughts to exert additional control over their behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapists use techniques and skills. CBT therapists will work with clients to understand their past and how that affects their current state of mind. While working through this, clients will learn skills that help with faulty thinking. They will recognize distorted thinking that creates problems, and then reevaluate it. Gain a better understanding of others' behavior and motivation. Problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Learning to develop a greater confidence in one’s abilities. CBT treatment usually involves changing thinking patterns. We use a few of the following strategies to assist our clients. Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then reevaluating them in light of reality. Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others. Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities. Breaking down negative thoughts and self-talk. CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include: Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them. Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body. With CBT, clients report a sense of relief that they are able to let go of or challenge the negative thinking that has been a part of their life. CBT helps lessen the depression and anxiety that clients feel. CBT is based on several core principles, including: 1. Psychological problems are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking. 2. Psychological problems are based, in part, on learned unhelpful behavior patterns. 3. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives. CBT emphasizes helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. As patients/clients are helped to develop coping skills, they learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behaviors through exercises in session and "homework" exercises outside of sessions. The focus of CBT therapy is on what is going on in a person's current life, rather than what led up to their current difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.