No – while feelings are very important and need to be acknowledged, feelings are often driven by what we think and how we interpret the events happening to us. Even at times when we feel anxious or depressed or panicked, we can often put these feelings aside if an emergency arises or a loved one requires our help. Where does the anxiety or depression or panic go in those moments?
Solution-focused, cognitive therapy is about honoring feelings, but doesn’t just leave a person feeling “understood” or “listened to” – it also provides tools to change how you think about and react to certain situations that create negative emotions that may overwhelm you.
Research repeatedly validates cognitive therapy as the treatment of choice for depression, anxiety, anger and/or stress management, prolonged grief, trauma, panic, and weight control.