Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a well-established, highly effective, and lasting treatment for a range of issues including depression and anxiety. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Benefits are usually seen in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the individual.
In CBT, my client is actively involved in his or her own recovery, has a sense of control, and learns skills that are useful throughout life. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. Clients learn skills during therapy sessions that they must practice in a disciplined way on their own to see improvement.
Thoughts and behaviors contribute to both anxiety and depression, though there are physiological factors that contribute as well. My goal in using CBT to help treat your anxiety or depression would be to provide you with insights, awareness, new skills and healthy habits, all of which will lead to these issues being eliminated or significantly relieved.