What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Pioneered by Dr. Aaron Beck at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960’s, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to help treat depression, anxiety, phobias, and a wide range of disorders. As a very hands-on approach, CBT guides clients to recognize how their thoughts influence their behaviors – thus giving them more control over what thoughts they attribute meaning to. There are many ways that CBT can assist those in addiction recovery, such as:

·    Helping individuals work through grief or loss

·    Learning techniques for dealing with some of life’s greatest stressors

·    Treating mental health conditions when medication isn’t always working

·    Preventing relapse – both for addiction and mental illness

·    And more

As Mayo Clinic emphasizes, there is little risk involved with CBT other than experiencing painful emotions. Holistic recovery involves taking steps to heal and rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit, and CBT is an excellent approach that can be used in a variety of areas relating to these aspects of life. CBT often involves “homework” which is to help clients apply what they’ve learned in therapy to their real lives. Different strategies and techniques may be taught to help people gain more self-awareness, which ultimately influences the way they tackle challenges and setbacks throughout their recovery.

The American Psychological Association (APA) further emphasizes that there’s a close collaboration between client and therapist, especially as they work together to uncover some of the ways that thoughts have impacted behavior. With CBT, we ultimately gain a better understanding for how our thoughts can drive action, as well as how we can better understand others’ motivations and how their thoughts may be impacting their actions. Through problem-solving, education, recognition and reevaluation, CBT has proven time and time again that it’s an effective form of treatment for a variety of conditions.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

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Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.