Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you learn to cope with chronic pain or negative problems in your life and actively learn how to remove unwanted, unhealthy thoughts. The Green Physique provides this service in the Fort Myers area and can help you feel better about yourself.
Tim Shevlin, the owner of Green Physique on Pine Island, is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Exercise Therapist, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group Facilitator, and a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Instructor.
Tim is passionate about using his experience and training to help clients develop greater control of their thoughts, emotions and behaviors, help them make positive changes in their lives, and aid their recovery in the creative and supportive environment of Green Physique.
What to Expect from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you identify the things that make you feel bad, anxious or scared, and teach you how to make small behavioral changes to counteract negative thoughts. Through a series of structured sessions, you will learn how to shift your thinking to a more balanced and rational place.
CBT has been used to treat individuals who suffer from a wide range of disorders, including:
- Chronic pain
- Anger problems
- Eating disorders
- Relationship issues
If, for example, you suffer from chronic pain, CBT can help you cope with the symptoms without relying on pain medications that can cause problems such as overdose, addiction and health complications.
- People in pain tend to avoid activities because of fears, anxiety or depression. The objective of CBT is to help you increase your activity levels by participating in positive and rewarding activities.
- Many people with chronic pain suffer from self-defeating behavior that is known to worsen the pain. They often say to themselves, “I’ll never get better.” Your therapist will focus on helping you replace those negative thoughts with more constructive ways of thinking using a day-by-day approach.
- Fatigue worsens pain, so your therapist will work with you to help improve your sleep and teach you relaxation techniques. He or she may also recommend examining your diet and exercise habits. Exercise, though difficult when you’re in pain, can be an excellent way to reduce pain.
CBT is generally considered short-term therapy — about 10 to 20 sessions. You and your therapist can discuss how many sessions may be right for you.
Treatment can be done in one-to-one sessions or in groups with other people in similar situations. When treatment ends, clients can continue applying the skills and tools they’ve learned in therapy to their day-to-day lives.
If you live or work in Fort Myers, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the Green Physique can help you find positive solutions to situations that interfere with your family, work or social life. Call us at 470-604-0038 for a free consultation and get started on the road to recovery.