Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is form of psychotherapy that encourages patients to explore the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This kind of treatment helps individuals in recovery understand their self-destructive behavior and work to modify their way of thinking.
Individual Therapy Sessions
Therapists at New Objectives are trained to conduct CBT therapy, and work with clients one-on-one during these sessions. The basis of cognitive behavioral therapy is to help the client identify negative thoughts and distorted thinking and then work to respond to those thoughts in a constructive way. CBT helps individuals more effectively manage stressful situations, areas of conflict, and challenges in life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used for a variety of mental and behavioral health disorders. It is a tool that is commonly used by therapists to treat anxiety and depression, and also personality disorders and eating disorders. It has also been proven very effective for behavioral health disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction. CBT therapy is often more effective when used in connection with other treatment methods, such as medication and group therapy. At New Objectives, our clinical therapists use CBT along with other proven methods for addiction therapy, order to ensure the best results.
Helping Clients Indentify and Modify Negative Thoughts and Emotions
CBT happens in individual sessions with a therapist. The client is asked to talk about situations that have caused them pain or emotional trauma. The therapist will then help the client explore his or her feelings, and the reasons why the experience had the effects it did. The therapist will guide the client through the negative thoughts and feelings, and help them conquer their fears and gain confidence in these difficult situations. By identifying troubling situations and the thoughts and emotions that are caused by them, and then by challenging the negative thinking, the individual can have a better reaction to the situation the next time it arises.
When applied to a situation of drug or alcohol addiction, cognitive behavior therapy helps clients address the underlying issues of their addiction, as well as the conflict that is caused by the addiction. Once these individuals learn and practice methods for dealing with stressful situations and resolving conflicting relationships, they will be more able to avoid using drugs and alcohol.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is used at New Objectives as part of a substance abuse treatment program for healing addiction and mental health disorders. When used along with behavioral modifications, group interactions, and other methods, this program can be a very beneficial tool for getting an individual back to their life.