Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Posted on August 11, 2023 by Corner Canyon Publishing
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

There are many methods used to help treat psychological challenges. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health challenges, and when used as part of an individualized mental health treatment plan, it can make a significant difference in an individual’s healing from mental health, trauma, and substance abuse challenges. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, CBT is one of many treatment options we have to offer. However, it plays an important role in many of our client’s treatment programs and helps individuals build a strong foundation that improves mental health long-term.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is one of the most commonly used forms of psychotherapy. It is a combination of two therapeutic approaches, cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy. The specifics of CBT vary for each client and the challenges that they are facing. Therefore, it is individualized and focused on the unique difficulties that a person is facing with their mental health and/or substance abuse. 

However, the base concept of CBT is always the same. It draws attention and focuses on how a person thinks, feels, and acts. In CBT, the counselor helps draw attention to a client’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. Then, the counselor helps the client understand how they are all connected. In this manner, the client learns to see common patterns between each and how these patterns impact their well-being on a daily basis. 

Many patterns that a client discovers in CBT are healthy. However, the goal of CBT is to discover those that are not helpful. For example, when a client is noticed by a loved one and their initial thought is, “They don’t like me anymore.” This thought then spurs negative feelings, which result in behaviors that are often unhealthy, such as substance abuse. CBT helps to uncover this pattern and make changes to the underlying beliefs. In doing so, clients can change how they view the world and improve their overall well-being. 

Who Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Right For?

CBT is a type of therapy that is highly interactive. It requires that the client participates with the counselor to uncover beliefs and patterns and then make changes to them. Therefore, while highly effective, it is only right for clients who are ready and willing to participate in this style of therapy. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, CBT is regularly a part of many of our programs. However, we ensure that each client understands CBT and how they will need to interact in order for it to be effective. 

In terms of mental health and addiction challenges, CBT is very helpful for a variety of challenges. It is used to treat depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and addiction. CBT helps reduce immediate symptoms. However, it also helps to build new patterns and skills that play a role in a client’s ability to maintain good mental health and well-being long-term. 

Choosing the right kind of psychotherapy also depends on a person’s goals. CBT is beneficial in tackling specific challenges with behaviors, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. However, it does not often dig deep into the specific whys of where these patterns originated from. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we often incorporate CBT as one piece of a holistic and individualized treatment plan. CBT helps our clients make important changes that are based on a deep understanding found in our comprehensive intake. 

Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

As a treatment that helps individuals make changes to their thoughts, feeling, and actions, CBT is highly effective and impactful in a person’s life. Research has shown that CBT helps decrease symptoms and manage mental health challenges like anxiety, depression, and OCD. Additionally, CBT is shown to help individuals who struggle with addiction. By focusing on the thoughts, feelings, actions, and patterns that lead to substance use, CBT helps clients to make changes that affect their long-term sobriety. 

Every person’s road to healing from mental health challenges and addiction is unique. Therefore, certain types of therapy, including CBT, will work for different individuals at unique points in their treatment. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we encourage all clients to work with a mental health care professional in order to use CBT at the right time and in a way that is most effective for regaining health and wellness in daily life. 

Individualized Treatment at Corner Canyon

CBT is a broad treatment. It can, therefore, be used in many different ways. The focus of CBT at Corner Canyon Health Centers varies for each client. This tailored approach helps individuals focus on their beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and actions that are negatively impacting their lives. Therefore, our individualized approach plays an important role in CBT itself and provides clients with direction and treatment that is focused and unique to them. 

In CBT, clients work through many challenges that require them to be vulnerable. However, in order to be vulnerable, clients need to feel safe and supported. At Corner Canyon Health Centers, we offer a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. Our goal is to provide an environment that supports our clients while they are making changes in treatment, including CBT. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one kind of psychotherapy that can help you to make significant changes to how you think, feel, and act. No matter the type of mental health issue you are facing, CBT is a proven method of growth and healing. A counselor will work with you closely to help you thrive and regain a healthy and happy lifestyle. This is a tailored approach to wellness created for you and your situation. If you are seeking effective therapy, CBT is the right place to look. To learn more about how Corner Canyon Health Centers can help you improve your mental health and addiction challenges through CBT and other therapeutic methods, call us today at (877) 717-6237.