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What Is CBT?

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Entering a therapy program to start recovering from addiction or managing mental health issues can be intimidating. Breaking away from the comfortable isolation to find a better way forward is a big enough step; how can you be sure the team you’re turning will give you the support you need? Many addiction treatment programs use a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program to help you understand the root causes of your behaviors so you can rebuild trust in yourself, the treatment team, and the recovery process. But what is CBT, exactly?

The cognitive-behavioral therapy program at BlueCrest Health Group centers in New Jersey is designed with our clients in mind. Our team of experienced professionals develops meaningful relationships with each client as they connect with themselves and discover how to successfully recover on their terms. Call 888.340.2214 to enroll in a personalized program or find help for a loved one today.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a form of talk therapy that focuses on modifying negative thoughts and behaviors. This therapeutic approach works off of the belief that by changing these negative patterns, one can effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms of various mental health issues.

CBT is based on the understanding that thoughts influence emotions, which in turn affect behavior. Hence, by identifying and challenging these negative thoughts, you can change your emotional response and, ultimately, your behavior.

Interesting Information About Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Here are some intriguing facts about CBT:

  • CBT was developed in the 1960s by Dr. Aaron Beck.
  • It is a short-term therapy, typically involving five to 20 sessions.
  • CBT is a highly effective treatment for a range of mental and behavioral health conditions.
  • Unlike other forms of therapy, CBT is more focused on the present than the past.
  • CBT is a collaborative therapy where the therapist and the client work together to identify and change negative thought patterns.

At BlueCrest Health Group, our therapists are trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques and use them for a range of mental health issues, including addiction and co-occurring conditions. We strive to provide comprehensive and compassionate care while empowering clients with the skills they need to manage their behaviors effectively.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Effective in Treating?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is renowned for its effectiveness in treating a variety of mental health issues. Here are a few conditions where CBT has proven beneficial:

  • Depression – CBT helps individuals with depression identify negative thought patterns and replace them with positive ones.
  • Anxiety disorders – CBT aids in managing symptoms of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Through CBT, individuals with PTSD learn to understand and change thought patterns that lead to fear and anxiety.
  • Substance use disorders – CBT is particularly effective for those struggling with addiction. It helps individuals identify triggers for substance use and develop healthier coping strategies.

When you start a CBT program, your therapist will work with you to understand the root causes of your behavior so you can set realistic goals and work toward lasting wellness and recovery.

What to Expect During a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Session

During a CBT session, you will work closely with your therapist to identify negative thought patterns and behaviors. The session typically begins with a discussion about what you wish to accomplish through therapy. This is followed by a conversation about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to your goals.

Your therapist will then help you recognize any negative or inaccurate thinking so that you can challenge them and replace them with healthier, more positive thoughts. You may be given homework assignments, such as keeping a journal of your thoughts, to help reinforce what you learn during your sessions.

Call BlueCrest Health Group to Enroll in a CBT Program

We understand the power of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its ability to help individuals conquer addiction and mental health issues. Our CBT program is tailored to the individual and their needs so they can gain insight into the destructive patterns in their lives and work toward lasting recovery. Call 888.340.2214 or complete our form today to find a better way forward for you or a loved one.