Episode 48 – Types of Therapy: CBT

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Did you know that there were different types of therapy? Have you heard of any? Are you interested in learning more about the types to see which would best fit you?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

In This Episode


  • What is CBT?
  • What does it emphasize?
  • What does the treatment involve?
  • Who is it most helpful for?

What is CBT

  • Explores the links between thoughts, emotions and behavior
  • It is a directive, time-limited, structured approach used to treat a variety of mental health disorders
  • It aims to alleviate distress by helping patients to develop more adaptive cognitions and behaviors

What does it emphasize

  • Collaboration and active participation
  • Relapse prevention
  • The present

What does the treatment involve

  • Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate 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.

Who is it most helpful for

  • Depression
  • Alcohol and drug use problems
  • Anxiety disorders

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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