CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a kind of psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. This form of treatment was developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the middle of the 20th century and continues to be used for a wide range of mental health disorders and addictions today. The goal of CBT sessions is to help the client identify negative and inaccurate thinking or thought processes, replacing them with healthy thoughts that allow for a more effective way of approaching different situations and challenges in life. This method also helps individuals suffering from a broad spectrum of mental health conditions learn to address their symptoms and enhance their quality of life.

CBT features a structured approach that includes a goal for each treatment session. A variety of techniques may be employed throughout the treatment process, including journaling, mindfulness training and exercises, relaxation techniques, practices to challenge beliefs and activities to help an individual identify unhealthy patterns of thoughts and behavior. Homework is generally assigned outside the scheduled treatment sessions to help the client put what has been learned into practice.

What does CBT Treat?

Professionals have been found to be effective in treating a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance use disorders (SUDs)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Schizoaffective disorder

CBT is also said to be a helpful tool for coping with stress and for turning negative and self-destructive thoughts into positive ones.

How it Works

CBT focuses on finding solutions, working on present issues and emotions and change patterns of behavior and thought patterns. CBT directly targets an individual’s thinking patterns or cognitive process to help transform their negative emotional responses into positive ones. Through CBT you will learn to:

  • Identify issues or troubling situations occurring in your life
  • Become aware of your emotions concerning these issues
  • Identify negative thoughts and recognize inaccurate ideas
  • Move negative thoughts into positive ones and dismiss incorrect thoughts

CBT typically consists of one-on-one sessions with you and your therapist and the total number of sessions is usually limited to somewhere between 10 and 20. The total number of appointments will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of disorder you have been diagnosed with and the severity of your symptoms. Other variables might include the duration of your symptoms or situation, the support you currently have from friends or family and the amount of stress you are experiencing. During your sessions, your therapist will listen to you without judgment or recommendations on the choices you should make. Instead, the concentration will be on identifying the thoughts or actions involved with your situations and replacing them with healthier options.

CBT at Avalon Integrative Wellness

CBT is one of many treatment modalities offered at Avalon Integrative Wellness as part of our comprehensive IOP services. When you choose to participate in our IOP, you will spend a few hours, three to five days a week at our facility. During this time, you will engage in treatment modalities like CBT as well as holistic treatments like breathwork, yoga and acupuncture. To find out more about the benefits of CBT or to find out if it is the right treatment for you, contact Avalon Integrative Wellness today at 855-781-1790.