Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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“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

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT, Trauma, & The Bridge to Recovery

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.

  1. Unhelpful ways of thinking contribute to emotional and mental distress.
    At The Bridge to Recovery, we believe that when trauma is experienced, our perception of those events greatly impact our belief system, consequently impacting our thought processes.  CBT helps our clients modify those core thought patterns that were developed, and turn them into healthy ones.
  1. Unhelpful ways of behaving contribute to emotional and mental distress.
    At mentioned above, when trauma is experienced, it can impact our response systems and we often develop negative patterns of behavior.  With CBT, our clients are able to identify their negative behavior patterns by revisiting the event(s) to heal from them and subsequently restructure the behaviors produced into positive ones.
  1. Improved, relearned, or newly learned coping skills are beneficial to someone suffering from emotional and mental distress.
    Coping skills are critical in our ability to live an emotionally healthy life.  At The Bridge to Recovery, once we have worked on healing our trauma, we are able to then build a toolbox of coping skills that allow us to think and act in healthy ways when confronted with future situations.

Examples of CBT Techniques

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:

  • Guided Discovery
    While gaining a better understanding of you, therapists may challenge your viewpoint as a way to broaden your thinking, empathize with others, and see other’s perspectives.  This may help you challenge yourself in the future when getting caught up in your own thinking patterns, possibly even choosing a more helpful path with your behavior.
  • Journaling & Writing
    At TBTR, we very often use writing as a way to chronicle our thoughts and behaviors.  We have also found it a good way to connect with our more unconscious or repressed thoughts.  Capturing this magnificent information in writing is a great way to better understand our thought patterns and how they impact our behavior.
  • Relaxation & Stress Reduction
    Learning to control and manage our thinking and breathing helps us learn to have better control over our thought processes all together, as well as develop healthy behavioral coping skills when faced with stress.  At TBTR, we incorporate these techniques in a variety of ways.
  • Role Play
    At TBTR, we have found that by stepping back into trauma situations in a safe and secure space, we are able to find resolution and restructure the core thoughts and behaviors that developed from that trauma.  Role play is a great way to do that.  It also helps improve our communication, our social skills, boundaries, confidence, and problem solving skills.
  • Cognitive Restructuring and Reframing
    Most of our clients at TBTR find themselves stuck in their negative patterns of thinking.  Part of our process is to help our clients identify these negative patterns, reframe them in a healthy manner, and learn coping skills to recreate this process in the future on their own when necessary.
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