Footsteps Counseling, LLC

  • Christie Widger, MS, LPC-S, NCC
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • (256) 655-6762

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy operates on the principle that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors rather than external things such as people or events. The focus of treatment is to help clients identify patterns of irrational and self-defeating thinking and then replace them with more rational and adaptive ones. I often refer to Rational Living Therapy which is a shorter-term cognitive behavioral therapy developed by Aldo R. Pucci, PsyD. Rational living therapists emphasize that their goal is not to help people to "feel better" but rather to "get better" which results in long-term happiness. In addition to thought patterns, Rational Living Therapy also focuses on underlying beliefs and assumptions.

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"Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

William Shakespeare

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