Our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program are when our clients and their primary therapist work together to identify harmful patterns of thinking or behaviors. They discuss what impact these behaviors have on their well-being and set goals in an effort to create healthier habits.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of therapy that treats problems and encourages happiness by adjusting dysfunctional emotions, thoughts, and actions. By focusing on solutions, patients are encouraged to confront distorted thoughts and change unhealthy behavior patterns. The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and their clients is a top priority when using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is important that the client/therapist relationship is a working connection.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a useful tool to address emotional challenges, including manage symptoms of mental illness, prevent a relapse of mental illness symptoms, identify ways to manage emotions, cope with grief or loss, identify ways to manage emotions and resolve relationship conflicts. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also be part of a treatment plan for Mental Health disorders, including but not limited to: sleep disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), and eating disorders.
CBT sessions can be done in individual sessions, in sessions with family members, or in a group session with other people who are struggling with similar issues. In the first session, patients will learn more about their mental health condition, and then learn and practice techniques to cope with their condition. These techniques include resilience, coping, stress management and relaxation.
4 Steps in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program:
- Identify troubling situations or problems in your life.
- Become aware of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs concerning these problems.
- Identify negative or inaccurate thinking.
- Reshape negative or inaccurate thinking.
As clients work with their therapist through these steps they not only identify issues and negative habits but actively work to adjust them. However, the process is ongoing and not simply linear. One of the things that make cognitive behavioral therapy so effective and widespread in treating mental health issues as well as substance abuse is it repeatability. Clients can come to CBT again and again to improve their techniques for coping. Also, they can use CBT to identify and address new issues that may arise during recovery.
Negative thinking has a direct impact on an individual’s actions. A cognitive behaviral therapy program strives to get at the core causes of damaging or negative actions, which is nearly always how an individual thinks or feels about a situation. By confront and actively changing these mental conceptions and emotional beliefs away from innacurate or negative depictions, clients go a long way towards improving their mental health and healing in recovery.