Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Does doing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy mean that I can’t discuss general life problems?

No, in fact CBT takes a problem-solving approach, and uses techniques that can be very useful in tackling general life problems.

How long will therapy last? What is the time commitment?

CBT is known to be a comparatively short-term treatment in terms of how quickly a person can see results. Although specific number of sessions varies between patients, the average is about 16 sessions.

How to decide if you should seek professional help?

In order to decide if you should seek professional help, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your mental health impacting your daily life?
  • Is your mental health getting in the way of your interpersonal life (i.e. your relationship with your family, significant other, friends, etc.)?
  • Is your mental health impacting your professional life?
  • Is your mental health causing you distress?

If you answered yes to most of those questions, it might be beneficial for you to seek professional help.

Some further questions to ask yourself to help in your decision are:

1. What is your anxiety level?  How long have you been there?

  • An effective way to check your anxiety level is the GAD-7.  If you score above a 10, then I would suggest you seek help from a mental health professional.  If, for six months, you’re in the almost anxious range and have been taking measures to reduce your anxiety – such as ones described in my book, Almost Anxious – and yet you continue to find yourself scoring at higher ends of spectrum on the quiz, I would recommend that you seek additional help.

2. What is your social support network suggesting?

  • Check with your support network – they, in some cases, have a clearer perspective and are able to identify when you are struggling.


If I am on medication, should I stop before starting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

You should consult your primary care provider or psychiatrist before stopping starting or changing medications

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a blend of two therapies: cognitive therapy (CT) and behavioral therapy. CT was developed by psychotherapist Aaron Beck, M.D., in the 1960’s. CT focuses on a person’s thoughts and beliefs, and how they influence a person’s mood and actions, and aims to change a person’s thinking to be more adaptive and healthy. Behavioral therapy focuses on a person’s actions and aims to change unhealthy behavior patterns.

CBT helps a person focus on his or her current problems and how to solve them. Both patient and therapist need to be actively involved in this process. The therapist helps the patient learn how to identify distorted or unhelpful thinking patterns, recognize and change inaccurate beliefs, relate to others in more positive ways, and change behaviors accordingly.

CBT can be applied and adapted to treat many specific mental disorders.

What should I expect during my first therapy session?

The first therapy session will serve as an initial evaluation and interview, this may include assessments and questionnaires, as well as your past and present mental health concerns. The first session will also be psychoeducational, and explain a bit about how the therapy works.

Why choose Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus other therapeutic approaches?

CBT has been empirically proven to be a successful short-term therapy for a variety of mental disorders.

Please limit your questions to be about general topics because Dr. Marques cannot provide clinical advice online.

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It is only human to worry about problems in our lives - but for some, obsessing for weeks and months, avoiding social events and situations due to feelings of panic can become a regular part of our lives. If any of these describe you or a loved one, then you or they may be almost anxious.
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