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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy used for mental disorders, and works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behaviors of mood, anxiety, personality, eating, addiction, dependence, and psychotic disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy. It was originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for a number of mental disorders.

 

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) applies to a group of psychotherapeutic techniques that focus on how our thoughts influence our emotions and the things we do. According to CBT, our environment, the people around us and the things that happen to us are not the critical elements in our mental health. It is how we respond to them that matters most. Forming healthier and more positive attitudes and reactions improve our lives in spite of what happens in the external environment.

Here at Reflections, we teach the resident to think in a more positive, constructive and productive manner. This positive thinking becomes internalized and then becomes a valuable tool to be used for the rest of a client’s life. Through our intensive psychological approach and treatment modalities, our clinicians are able to identify core emotional issues and help to rearrange how they are effecting a client’s behavioral patterns and responses to life stressors. In effect, the therapist and the resident work as a team for the duration of treatment to influence and change maladaptive or destructive thought patters and behaviors. CBT is an empirically-validated intervention which is effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders (especially phobias), post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and substance abuse dependency / addiction. Reflections utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in conjunction with other therapies that best meet the needs of each client. CBT puts the resident back in control of his or her life. A client’s loved ones are assured that he or she is receiving effective and meaningful care and direction during the process of letting-go of thoughts, feelings and behaviors (actions) that no longer serve or work well for the individual.

It works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. The name refers to behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioral and cognitive principles. Most therapists working with patients dealing with anxiety and depression use a blend of cognitive and behavioral therapy. This technique acknowledges that there may be behaviors that cannot be controlled through rational thought, but rather emerge based on prior conditioning from the environment and other external and/or internal stimuli. CBT is "problem focused" (undertaken for specific problems) and "action oriented" (therapist tries to assist the client in selecting specific strategies to help address those problems), or directive in its therapeutic approach. It is different from the more traditional, psychoanalytical approach, where therapists look for the unconscious meaning behind the behaviors and then diagnose the patient. Instead, behaviorists believe that disorders, such as depression, have to do with the relationship between a feared stimulus and an avoidance response, resulting in a conditioned fear, much like Ivan Pavlov. Cognitive therapists believed that conscious thoughts could influence a person’s behavior all on its own. Ultimately, the two theories were combined to create what is now known as cognitive behavioral therapy.

CBT is effective for a variety of conditions, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, addiction, dependence, tic, and psychotic disorders. Many CBT treatment programs have been evaluated for symptom-based diagnoses and been favored over approaches such as psychodynamic treatments. However, other researchers have questioned the validity of such claims to superiority over other treatments.

 


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