CBT for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Aug 10, 2018

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that occurs during specific seasons, typically winter, when daylight hours are shorter. It is characterized by symptoms such as low mood, loss of interest in activities, fatigue, and changes in sleep and appetite.

Living in regions with long, dark winters, such as the northern latitudes, increases the risk of developing SAD. The lack of daylight and disruption to our internal body clock can affect our brain chemistry and overall well-being.

How CBT Can Help

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven and effective treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder. This therapeutic approach focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depressive symptoms.

With CBT, individuals learn to challenge and reframe negative thoughts, develop healthy coping strategies, and establish positive behavioral patterns. By shifting the way one thinks and acts, CBT can help manage SAD symptoms and improve overall mental well-being.

Expert Guidance from Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc

Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, is a highly experienced and compassionate mental health professional specializing in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. With her expertise in CBT and her deep understanding of SAD, she offers personalized guidance to individuals seeking relief from their SAD symptoms.

Alison provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment where clients can explore their emotions and learn effective strategies to cope with SAD. Through individual therapy sessions, she works collaboratively to develop personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs and challenges of each individual.

Benefits of CBT for Seasonal Affective Disorder

1. Targeted Approach: CBT specifically focuses on addressing the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. This targeted approach allows for tailored interventions to manage SAD symptoms effectively.

2. Evidence-Based Techniques: CBT is backed by extensive research and has been proven to be highly effective in treating depression, including SAD. The techniques employed in CBT are grounded in scientific evidence, ensuring the best possible outcomes.

3. Empowering Individuals: CBT empowers individuals by providing them with the tools and skills to actively manage their symptoms long-term. By understanding the underlying causes of SAD and learning how to challenge negative thoughts, individuals can regain control over their mental well-being.


If you are struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can offer you the support and strategies needed to alleviate your symptoms and regain a sense of well-being. Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, is here to guide you through this journey towards better mental health. Contact her today to schedule an appointment and take the first steps towards a brighter future.

Susan Glass
Interesting read about CBT!
Nov 11, 2023
Sergio Dominici
CBT can be a helpful therapy for SAD symptoms.
Oct 6, 2023