Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a unique, goal oriented psychotherapeutic approach combining cognitive and behavioral principles to help change how one thinks and acts. Patients learn how to control their emotions through a series of counseling sessions, so they can overcome a specific mental illness. We offer CBT in many of our offices throughout the Minneapolis region.
Who can CBT help?
Many people suffering from a wide range of psychological disorders ranging from mild to severe can benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT can treat many issues including; cbt therapy for anxiety, cbt therapy for depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, insomnia, eating disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse.
Cognitive behavioral therapy for children is also common, as behavioral and thought processing changes are easier at a younger age. Cognitive behavioral family therapy can also help families change their interactions, and work on improving trust and communication. We work with many families in the Minneapolis area where we perform CBT for familes and children.
How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy work?
Through a close relationship with a therapist, CBT patients can learn how to self-counsel to challenge irrational beliefs and cope with self-destructive thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy patients are encouraged to do homework in between sessions to focus on specific issues and write down thoughts that pop into their head. Patients can learn to change their cognitive processes and work on overcoming psychological issues in a short amount of time, in limited therapy sessions.
What are some of the types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
There are many different ways that to approach CBT and resulting from this, there have been many different forms of CBT created. Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are a few of the more common CBT subgroups. Cognitive behavioral play therapy (CBPT), is a form of CBT offered for children that uses a more experiential approach and relying less on verbal components. Through play, CBPT can help children create adaptive coping skills and modify responsive behavior.
What are some of the effects of CBT?
Studies have shown that those who undergo CBT, had decreased symptoms of many different mood, personality, anxiety, eating, sleep, and substance abuse disorders. It can help restructure thoughts and has been proven to be as helpful as antidepressant medication. CBT has been proven to help with many different disorders, modifying thought and helping improve overall quality of life.