“I can’t change my thinking without changing my behavior, and I can’t change my behavior without changing my thinking.”
The cognitive model hypothesizes that an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are not situational, but instead are developed based on one’s own personal interpretation and construction of events. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) recognizes this discrepancy and seeks to change those core thoughts and behaviors for improvement of future thoughts and behavior.
Simply: our thoughts and behaviors dictate our thoughts and behaviors
CBT is often used in therapist’s offices around the world as a strategic model of care in which client’s see great results. At The Bridge to Recovery, we utilize some of the common principles and beliefs of CBT to help our clients.
There are many common CBT techniques used, depending on an individual’s situation and need. Below are just a few of the common techniques we have found useful to utilize in our program at The Bridge to Recovery when appropriate:
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