Cognitive Behavioral therapy, commonly known as CBT, is a leading treatment modality for those struggling with mental health issues.CBT is especially effective in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder among many other commonly occurring mental health issues. CBT works by engaging clients’ patterns of unproductive thoughts to better identify how thoughts influence behaviors. By addressing clients feelings and challenging automatic negative associations, therapists help orient clients towards more productive and emotionally-healthy behaviors.
In utilizing CBT, clients can typically expect to work with their therapist towards conquering specific goals through incremental therapeutic gains and activating more positive thought processes. Lasting several months, CBT is traditionally a short-term and outcome-oriented approach to treatment and relies on the skills of an involved and supportive mental health professional. Typically, CBT treatment involves the following three phases:
-Functional Analysis: Clients work with their therapist to identify problematic thoughts and beliefs. From there, the link between cognition and behaviors is made evident to clients as the consequences of behaviors can be traced back to negative feelings and thoughts.
-Skills Acquisition: Instead of indulging unproductive behaviors, a clinician will challenge a client to explore and employ new skills to cope with the aforementioned challenge. In therapy, a client is able to practice and hone these skills all while being nurtured in a supportive and safe space.
-Real Life Practice: Outside of therapy, clients will be encouraged to implement their skills to help coping in their everyday life. The success they discover or challenges they might encounter while utilizing these skills will be reinforced in session to perfect the application of these skills.
Ultimately, CBT is a highly effective and evidence-based therapeutic process that can be tailored to clients’ specific challenges and unique areas of need. For example, a client might be suffering from Depression and under the faulty assumption that he or she is incapable of succeeding. In such a case, a qualified clinician might orient the client to previous experiences of success and create an action plan to implement skills that help promote successes.
CBT is at its most effective when it is utilized to manage symptoms, prevent relapse, overcome emotional barriers and learn techniques for coping with stressors. At Resilience Treatment Center qualified mental health clinicians rely on CBT to address our clients pressing therapeutic needs by tailoring interventions and treatment plans specific to their ongoing challenges. Resilience seeks to prepare its clients to be their own best advocates with ample skills at their disposal and healthy relationships to conquer their challenges.