Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

client and therapist clasp hands in a cognitive-behavioral therapy programCognitive-behavioral therapy (often referred to simply as CBT) is a psychological treatment that was pioneered by Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. Over the past few decades, a CBT program has been recognized as being an effective mental health treatment option for treating a range of issues. If you or a family member is struggling with addiction, anxiety, or other mental health concerns, a cognitive behavioral therapy program could be one important piece of the recovery puzzle. Reach out today at 888.541.4028 to learn more about how our CBT program in Rhode Island can help you or a loved one heal and recover.

What Is a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program?

Over 50 years ago, clients were first introduced to a therapeutic approach of identifying and evaluating their negative thoughts about themselves, the world, and/or their future. By leading clients down this new path, people struggling with addiction and mental health issues started to feel better emotionally and were able to behave more functionally. A CBT program helped them develop the ability to think more realistically about their current situation and the potential for a brighter future. Cognitive-behavioral therapy showed promise in bringing about long-lasting change in clients then and is now demonstrating success in helping people just like you overcome addiction and mental health concerns.

What to Expect in a CBT Program

Often taking place during an intensive outpatient therapy program, a cognitive-behavioral therapy program can lead to an increased quality of life and play a pivotal role in recovering from addiction. A CBT program can be as effective, if not more so, than other forms of therapy and psychiatric medications. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on several core principles, including that psychological problems are based, in part, on unhelpful ways of thinking, learned patterns of unhelpful behavior, and the belief that people can learn better ways of coping with these thought patterns.

Because the first key tenant of a CBT program is to address and change harmful patterns of thought, the strategies discussed during your cognitive-behavioral therapy program may include:

  • Learning to recognize that distortions in your thinking are what is creating problems
  • Reevaluating your ways of thinking in light of this learned reality
  • Giving you an understanding of the behavior and motivation of others
  • Teaching you critical problem-solving skills to cope with challenging situations
  • Developing a greater sense of self-confidence in your many abilities

Altering behavioral patterns is the next step in our CBT program in Rhode Island. You will learn to:

  • Face the fear(s) holding you back instead of depending on the crutch of avoidance
  • Use role-playing as a way to build confidence as you prepare for potentially difficult interactions and scenarios
  • Learn ways to calm your mind
  • Practice methods of relaxing your body

While each cognitive-behavioral therapy program will differ, our program will prioritize helping you learn to be your own therapist. You will do important exercises inside and outside the therapy sessions and come away with essential coping skills. These new ideas will help you approach situations that were once challenging and allow you to overcome old fears. 

Our CBT Program Focuses on the Here and Now

Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasizes the here and now. A CBT program will address what is going on in your life today. This means that if you have struggled with addiction or a mental health battle in the past, CBT may work in conjunction with or after appropriate rehab for co-occurring issues. This will help you recover fully and lead a healthier and happier life where you are able to think realistically and behave accordingly.

Start CBT at Rhode Island Addiction Treatment Centers Today

Our CBT program can help to start reframing your outlook on life. Reach out today by calling 888.541.4028 or by contacting us online to discover if our cognitive-behavioral therapy in Rhode Island is right for you.