TRAUMA INFORMED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (TF-CBT)
PROVEN, EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH
Cognitive behavioral therapy first arrived in the therapeutic world in 1960’s when psychiatrist Aaron Beck was researching treatment effectiveness in depression. Beck began to explore the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in his clients. Through this work, the theory behind CBT came to the forefront when Beck realized his clients were experiencing a vast amount of internal dialogue, much of which was causing distress. Beck supposed this internal dialogue was significantly impacting the way the person was feeling emotionally.
Cognitive behavioral therapy posits the way a person perceives a situation affects the way he or she feels emotionally. Essentially, a situation does not directly affect one’s feelings and/or emotions, rather the thoughts the person has about that situation.
CBT IN THERAPY
Cognitive behavioral therapists understand that through changing thinking patterns, individuals can feel better. Yet many cognitive behavioral therapists also apply this same approach in a more longitudinal sense. CBT often involves exploring the origin of distorted thoughts and beliefs, and identifying assumptions and “rules” which shape a person’s world-view. Understanding all of this can be used to help drive change in the present.
Although cognitive behavioral therapy is largely focused on thought patterns, it may also involve various methods aimed towards changing behavioral patterns. These approaches might include:
- Helping clients face fears
- Using role-playing as a way to prepare for difficult interpersonal interactions.
- Healthy coping skills to quiet the mind and focus on the present moment.
KEY TERMS IN CBT
Cognitive formulation – the beliefs and behavioral strategies that characterize a specific disorder.
Conceptualization – understanding the individual behavior patterns and beliefs of a client.
Cognitive model – this term describes the idea that a person’s perception of a situation is more closely related to his or her reaction than to the situation itself.
Automatic thoughts – ideas and/or thoughts that seem to pop into ones mind, out of nowhere.
THE PROCESS TO RECOVERY
To provide additional incite, we have simplified the treatment process into six steps for our readers:
– Skills Acquisition
– Life Application & Skills Maintenance
– Post Treatment Assessment Follow-Up
CBT PROGRAM INFORMATION
This process takes time, which is why we believe residential treatment is critical to the CBT process. Mental health is not something like a cold that can be remedied in a few days with rest and medicine. It takes sustained effort, a knowledgeable staff and guidance to thoroughly implement positive change, helping the individual shift towards a healthier, more positive outlook. Life before CBT can be like wearing very dirty glasses, and through the course of our program those glasses are wiped clean, so that each patient is left with a lasting, clear view of the world around them.
Whether you or a loved one has been experiencing negative impacts from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective, long term solution for recovery provided at Polaris.