Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is used to treat numerous mental health disorders and issues including substance abuse, compulsive addictions, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, PTSD and trauma, anxiety, phobias and depression.

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Works

In cognitive-behavioral therapy, a specially trained therapist helps clients understand the connection between thoughts, feelings and emotions. Clients learn to identify unhealthy or false thought processes and self-talk and replace them with more constructive, realistic thoughts. This can positively impact the way they interact with others and the world around them. It can also help them learn how negative thoughts fuel self-defeating behaviors.

Cognitive behavioral therapy seeks to stop habitual, negative self-talk. For example, a client might consistently tell themselves, “I am a horrible person.” Through cognitive behavioral treatment, they’ll identify instances that don’t support this statement. Initially this might begin with very small examples as the client resists change: I feed my dog every day; I open the door for people; I smile at strangers. Over time, the client will recognize and accept more significant examples in their life and may alter this all-or-nothing statement to something like, “I am a good person most of the time based on several examples.”

While cognitive-behavioral therapy honors the past and the deep emotional wounds that previous experiences leave in a client’s life, the approach is solution-focused. With the guidance of a therapist, cognitive-behavioral therapy empowers clients to find solutions to their current problems and learn how they can live a healthy life in the present moment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Promises Austin

Many of our addiction and mental health professionals are trained in cognitive behavioral treatment. We draw upon cognitive behavioral therapy in both individual and group therapy. Our treatment team offers CBT as just one option and in combination with a variety of different therapies and approaches. This gives us the flexibility to tailor our approaches to each client, depending on what they best relate to. In addition to cognitive-behavioral therapy we offer a full complement of approaches that include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, art therapy, psychodrama and EMDR.

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