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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
When treating clients, it’s vital that drastic changes are made to destructive thinking patterns. Our clients often struggle to make these changes on their own. At Weston Rehab, we help our clients overcome addictive behaviors through psychotherapy.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Sigmund Freud developed psychotherapy. This is a therapy where clients talk, verbalizing their thoughts and feelings. Our therapists encourage our clients to explore repressed emotions that are creating feelings of fear, anxiety, and helplessness. Psychotherapy is now used mainly as an extension of cognitive behavioral therapy.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
This is the most popular form of psychotherapy, as it targets maladaptive thought processes. Majority of addicts are addicted to their negative thoughts, just as they’re addicted to a substance or behavior. This therapy method allows our clients to change their perception and beliefs. Thinking patterns are examined, making positive changes.
Our clients are asked to write down their thoughts throughout the day. This will help expose the patterns that are influencing their beliefs. Therapists helps our clients understand where their thoughts originate from, as they find meaning behind those thoughts. These self-destructive thoughts lead to self-destructive behaviors. Some of the key characteristics of cognitive behavioral therapy include:
- Understanding that external events do not create negative thoughts. The way we perceive and think about those events, produces emotions and unstable behaviors.
- Fast results due to homework assignments. This is due to the way in which CBT is structured.
- Focuses on building a relationship between the client and therapist. This opens up communication regarding emotions and problematic behaviors. Skills are taught, helping clients deal with potential triggers.
- Focuses on controlling emotions when confronted with an upsetting circumstance. Resources provided within CBT, help clients accept problems without becoming overly emotional.
- Accepts the idea that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learnt. These behaviors and emotions are ‘untaught,’ as coping strategies are implemented and patterns are changed.
- Addresses issues that relate to one’s depression, relationship conflicts, and panic disorders. Through CBT, clients increase their self-esteem and confidence.
Psychotherapy, CBT, and Addiction
The key difference between traditional psychotherapy techniques and CBT, is the established time frame. Traditional psychotherapy involves a constant stream of talking, which can potentially last for years. Therapy continues until psychological issues are resolved.
CBT on the other hand, focuses on client’s acquiring certain skills within a specific time-frame. This time frame is usually between three and six months. This is why CBT is so effective in addiction treatment programs, as it encourages clients to be more self-motivated. Vital skills are also learnt, aiding in one’s recovery.
CBT is extremely flexible, allowing clients to adapt. It is used within outpatient programs, as well as within group and individual therapy sessions. At WCA Rehab, we’re proud to offer effective CBT. If