What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that focuses on the connection between a person’s thoughts, behaviors and feelings. It is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically researched and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for treating many different disorders. CBT has been used to help people deal with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug related disorders, mood disorders and more.

How Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Work?

The purpose of CBT is to change the way a person behaves by modifying their thought patterns. More specifically, it focuses on the negative thoughts an individual has. The way people think and interpret daily events affects how they behave and feel. For those suffering from mental health disorders or addiction, it can be especially difficult to manage negative thoughts and deal with stressful situations. By working with a mental health counselor, CBT can help individuals respond to negative thoughts in a healthier matter and cope with daily emotional challenges. It requires active involvement and collaboration from the patient and counselor in order to work successfully.

How Does Cognitive Behavior Therapy Differ from Other Forms of Talk Therapy?

CBT is more focused on present issues, more time-limited, solution-focused and problem-solving as well as goal oriented. During group and individual therapy sessions, clients learn to utilize specific skills that they can apply to their lives for symptoms reduction. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking patterns, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing negative behaviors.

What is the Theory Behind Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. For example, someone being asked to reschedule a meeting might think to themselves “I am not being respected” and feel angry. Another person might think “another day will give me more time to prepare” and feel happy. It is not the situation that directly affects how people feel emotionally, but rather the perception of that situation. When individuals are in distress, their perception is often skewed and their thoughts may become irrational, overwhelmingly negative and/or obsessive.

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Ranch Creek Recovery’s holistic, non-12 step approach to substance abuse treatment includes both group and individual therapy for addiction. The custom treatment plans created by our experienced team often includes cognitive behavioral therapy, as it is one of the most effective tools for helping people cope with the negative emotions and stressful situations they encounter each day.

If you want to learn more about Ranch Creek Recovery or you’re ready to get help for yourself or a loved one, please contact us today! Call 877-997-8931 to request a free confidential assessment and insurance check.

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