Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a therapeutic method which combines effective psychotherapy strategies and behavioral therapy strategies to create a hands-on and goal-oriented approach to solving unhealthy patterns of thinking, behavior, and attitudes.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was invented by Aaron Beck, a psychiatrist in the 1960’s, who realized that the link between an individual’s thoughts and feelings was imperative to creating that individual’s reality.
Beck found that often, when an individual feels upset, the corresponding thoughts were negative, and when an individual feels happy, the corresponding thoughts were positive. These thoughts are called “automatic thoughts” and they are described as subconscious or conscious thoughts that are filled with emotions. The tendency to lean towards negative or positive thoughts is established in childhood and become fixed at an early age, causing ambiguous turmoil in the future.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses treatment on the thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes of the individual, determining the particular patterns that impact an individual’s behavior whether positively or negatively.
CBT therapy is used to treat individuals with mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, ED, etc.), crippling phobias and PTSD, sleeping problems or chronic fatigue, and most notably individuals with addiction and alcoholism.
The treatment model for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy follows these basic guidelines:
- Structured sessions
- Goal setting
- Discussion of conclusions from previous session
- Isolating particular problem areas
- Take home work to apply to the individual’s life
CBT is a highly effective therapeutic method, which transitions the therapist from the conductor of the sessions to an active listener, allowing the individual to take an solution-focused approach to his or her own recovery in a short period of time (typically between 5-10 months).
At New Method Wellness, we favor Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a therapeutic solution as the foundation of our treatment program is based on solution and active recovery. Our therapists and counselors utilize CBT in their individual therapy sessions and their group therapy sessions to increase exposure to CBT solutions and problem solving.