Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a common type of behavioral therapy. It is focused on helping clients modify the negative thought and behavior patterns that have come to govern a substance abuse or mental health disorder. Once these negative patterns are identified, the therapist works closely with the client to modify them and ultimately replace them with healthy patterns that support sobriety or positive mental health.
This technique treats various conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, substance abuse disorders, and more. The cognitive-behavioral therapy program at Evoke Wellness at Cohasset can treat all of that and more.
What Is a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program?
A cognitive-behavioral therapy program uses this therapy in an extended way to formally treat a mental health or substance abuse disorder. This therapy is often delivered as a program because it is actually an umbrella under which multiple, more granular types of treatment exist. Four varieties of cognitive-behavioral therapy may be used as part of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program.
The first is cognitive therapy. This method is what most people think of when they hear cognitive-behavioral therapy. It focuses on changing the thought, emotion, and behavior patterns that rule a person’s disorder. Next is dialectical behavior therapy. Often shortened to DBT, this therapy addresses destructive or disturbing thoughts while supporting people’s ability to regulate emotions in healthy ways.
The third component of a cognitive-behavioral therapy program is multimodal therapy. This approach tackles psychological issues by addressing seven distinct modalities: behavior, affect, sensation, imagery, cognition, interpersonal factors, and biological factors. Last is rational emotive behavior therapy, or REBT for short. REBT targets irrational beliefs, challenges them, and helps people overcome them.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program Techniques
The cognitive-behavioral therapy program in Massachusetts offered by Evoke Wellness at Cohasset relies on tried-and-true techniques. A few of the most important methods are described below.
1. Identifying Negative Thoughts
This technique is essential in understanding where someone is as they enter treatment. To challenge or overcome negative thoughts, they have to be identified. This can also prompt healthy self-discovery and self-awareness.
2. Skill Development and Practice
As a behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy is designed to be practical. Clients will be asked to put what they are learning into practice, whether a coping mechanism or a mindfulness practice.
3. Goal Setting
Part of the practical nature of cognitive-behavioral therapy programs is that clients are prompted at multiple stages to set goals. These goals drive the learning and growth of therapy.
Another aspect of this type of therapy’s practical nature is its emphasis on problem-solving. Clients will learn how to actively implement problem-solving in their daily lives to reduce symptoms, cope with triggers or stress, and challenge negative beliefs or behaviors.
Self-monitoring is also referred to as diary work. This is because it sees clients tracking behaviors, symptoms, or experiences over some time. This again plays into the practical, action-oriented nature of cognitive-behavioral therapy programs. Tracking behavior over time helps clients recognize patterns and challenge them.
Those are five of the most common techniques used in cognitive-behavioral therapy programs. As a collective, they are incredibly versatile, as proven by how cognitive-behavioral therapy treats many different disorders. All of the following can be treated using cognitive-behavioral therapy:
- Anxiety disorders, including panic attacks and phobias
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
CBT treats various mental health conditions and can be beneficial for most.
Find CBT in Massachusetts
Evoke Wellness at Cohasset has years of experience providing numerous clients with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Discover the transformative impact of CBT in Massachusetts by reaching out to 866.931.6429.