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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

In the 1960s, Dr. Aaron Beck developed this life-changing therapy. Since then, it’s become one of the most common evidence-based treatments for mental health conditions and eating disorders. CBT focuses on how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors relate to each other and how changing the way someone evaluates a situation can change their reactions. It’s a therapy designed to change the damaging thought patterns that some people develop about themselves. These destructive belief systems can lead to unhealthy coping strategies like substance abuse, self-harm, and eating disorders.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be beneficial either by itself or in combination with other types of therapy in treating eating disorders and other mental health conditions. However, not all individuals who benefit from CBT have mental health conditions or eating disorders. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful situations, deal with emotional challenges, and improve their well-being.

Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Effective?

Several studies show that CBT is a popular talk therapy alternative to medication when it comes to treating eating disorders and other mental health disorder. Studies have also found that CBT can be as effective in treating depression as prescription antidepressants. Unlike medication, which simply aims to eliminate symptoms, CBT focuses on the whole person by addressing the individual’s underlying core beliefs, dysfunctional assumptions, and negative automatic thoughts.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’s Three Basic Principles

According to Dr. Aaron Beck, there are three basic principles of CBT, including:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Shoreline

Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare’s AVP of Clinical Services, Kate Fisch, LCSW, discusses CBT at Shoreline.

Therapies That Utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

There are various types of that incorporate CBT. Some of these therapies include:

CBT Techniques for Eating Disorders

At Shoreline, we use many specific approaches that fall under the category CBT, depending on each client’s needs. In every case, CBT focuses on helping clients deal with their underlying thoughts that cause mental distress and contribute to their eating disorders. The CBT techniques we utilize focus on identifying and modifying distorted thinking, behaviors, and emotional responses. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy, addresses how individuals think and behave. The CBT techniques utilized in dialectical behavior therapy include mindfulness, emotion regulation, and other techniques.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Programs at Shoreline

At Shoreline, CBT is structured and doesn’t consist of clients freely discussing whatever they’re thinking in the moment. The first therapy sessions involve the therapist and client getting to know each other. The client describes their problems, and they work together to set treatment goals. The remaining therapy sessions follow a general structure ensuring time is used efficiently. While the therapist controls the topics and discussions in the beginning, the client gains more control as they progress. By the end, this structure makes clients feel empowered to continue to work on self-improvement. Homework is another key element and an essential part of CBT. At the end of each session, our therapists assign activities to complete before the next session, which can include keeping a diary of situations that cause anxiety. During the next few sessions, they review the events together and the therapist teaches the client how to cope with similar situations in the future.
To learn more about the eating disorder treatment programs at Shoreline, call us today at (855) 245-8203.
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