Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Depression

Serving Kennett Square, West Chester, and all Pennsylvania.

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Seeking help when trying to overcome depression can often feel like it takes a mountain of energy, motivation, and hope.

Oftentimes, individuals with depression feel alone in their sadness and/or experience a sense of stigma, shame, and guilt when talking about what they’re going through.

When you experience depression, you may have the belief that you should not be a burden to anyone.

Additionally, there are situations where you had some success managing it on your own. However, you find it difficult to build the momentum towards the next few steps. Maybe, you are feeling stuck, or find yourself thinking the situation is completely hopeless.

Evidence-based practices, such as CBT for Depression, which has been empirically validated to help treat this often difficult mental health challenge.


Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder and Other Related Depressive Disorders

While everyone experiences depression a little bit differently, here are some of the common symptoms of depression:

Daily living can often feel hard when trying to overcome such barriers due to depression.

We at Edward Jenny & Associates have worked with many individuals who have similar shared lived experiences. Additionally, these individuals have found their inner resilience and empowerment to overcome these challenges with our help.

CBT for Depression Can Help You!


Why Edward Jenny & Associates

Edward B. (Ned) Jenny, Licensed Psychologist, Psy.D. M.Ed. BA., Edward Jenny & Associates Psychologists in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Edward B. Jenny


Psy.D Licensed Psychologist

Research has repeatedly shown that feeling understood by your therapist is the most important element to success in therapy. At Edward Jenny and Associates, we prioritize building that foundation with every client.

It’s about the relationship.

What makes us different?

We believe therapy and assessments go hand-in-hand to provide the safest, fastest way to help you move forward.

When it comes to therapists, there are many options to choose from. The most important aspect is that you feel safe and comfortable with the therapist you choose.

We are ready when you are.


Edward Jenny & Associates Approach to Depression Treatment

Collaboration between you and your clinician is important as you both will try to discuss different techniques to help learn how to control or modify unhelpful thoughts, implement coping strategies effectively, and start incorporating previously enjoyable interests and hobbies daily again.

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Our approach to CBT for depression starts with a strong emphasis on connection and the therapeutic relationship.

It’s very easy to provide a bunch of strategies and interventions to help manage your symptoms. However, the most effective form of depression treatment in Pennsylvania involves deep trust. This means in the process, yourself, and the clinician.

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The next step in depression treatment is learning and having an understanding of the “what” and “why this may be” happening.

This could be related to what you’re feeling, thinking, or behaviors that are getting in the way of living. Ideally, the focusing is on your best self, which is a key component of CBT for Depression. This will allow us to work together on identifying the most appropriate plan to help decide what strategies to use.

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An action plan will be decided together of things to try between sessions.

Together, we will develop an action plan including strategies to try outside of session. This plan will be revisited to bridge the last and next session. This will help identify what areas were helpful, challenges that may have come up between sessions, and what changes need to be made.

Collaboration between you and your clinician is important as you both will try to discuss different techniques to help learn how to control or modify unhelpful thoughts, implement coping strategies effectively, and start incorporating previously enjoyable interests and hobbies daily again.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is CBT evidence-based?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment (EBT) that focuses on helping a person learn how to identify and change how they think, behave, and feel. It’s been known to support people who often struggle with emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, phobias, and more.

It’s important to note that CBT requires active participation and effort from the individual receiving therapy. People will only benefit based on how much they’re willing to contribute in their growth. The collaboration between the therapist and the individual is a key component of the therapy’s success.

Other interventions we use could include Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Here we would learn how to stay in the present moment. This may involve the use of meditation/breathing skills, and incorporate non-judgment and self-compassion more regularly.

Similarly, we can take from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) to further explore one’s values and beliefs while identifying what challenges are getting in the way of being able to accomplish them daily.

MBCT is especially helpful for individuals who struggle with thinking too much about what’s happened in the past. Or, individuals when they’re spending too much time thinking about the question “what if?”. And the “what could happen in the future” question.

ACT and CT-R focus is working towards getting back to their selves and working towards what they see for themselves in the future.

CBT can be delivered via in-person or virtual individual therapy sessions and in group settings. It’s been shown to be effective for a variety of psychological conditions and is often used in combination with other therapeutic approaches or alongside medication, depending on the individual’s needs.

Here are the key principles of CBT:

  • Identifying Negative Thought Patterns: CBT begins with helping people learn how to become more aware and identify their “automatic negative thoughts” and beliefs that add to their emotional distress. These thoughts are often inaccurate and unrealistic resulting in negative emotions.
  • Challenging and Restructuring Thoughts: People then collaborate with the CBT therapist to challenge the accuracy and validity of these thoughts by using a strategy called “cognitive reframing.” This involves exploring the evidence for and against these thoughts, considering alternative explanations, and developing more balanced and rational ways of thinking.
  • Behavioral Interventions: Strategies that address behavioral concerns can involve identifying avoidant behaviors (can include procrastination and isolation), unhealthy coping mechanisms, unhelpful routines, and then working to replace them with healthier alternatives.
  • Skill-Building: People eventually learn skills and strategies to cope with challenging situations and manage their emotions more effectively. These skills might include relaxation techniques, problem-solving strategies, communication skills, and assertiveness training. Some of these strategies can be found on our blogpost here.
  • Homework and Practice: Action plans between sessions help to reinforce what’s discussed in therapy sessions. These can include tasks that encourage people to apply the strategies they’ve learned in their daily lives and track their progress either through journaling or any other means to help them recall how they did.
  • Short-Term and Goal-Oriented: Research has shown to support that CBT is a shorter-term therapy approach compared to some other forms of psychotherapy. This is because it’s highly focused on setting specific goals, action plans, and working toward achieving those goals within a relatively brief timeframe.

How to Get Started

You don’t have to live with the effects of depression and unhelpful thoughts. Counseling can help you move towards your aspirations and a life worth living. Our Kennett Square counseling center has caring depression therapists who specialize in psychotherapy, collaborative assessment, supervision, and consultation.

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