At The Dorm we offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the most widely-researched psychotherapy modalities effective at treating mental health conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, substance use disorders and eating disorders.
CBT combines cognitive and behavioral treatment strategies to help clients identify, challenge and reframe negative thought patterns.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a practical, goal-oriented and short-term psychotherapy treatment focused on helping clients change and reformulate problematic thinking patterns.
Developed by Aaron Beck, the CBT cognitive model is founded on the principle that people’s thoughts and feelings are not determined by a situation, but by their interpretation and assumptions about that situation. These interpretations are often skewed as they can stem from dysfunctional core beliefs and lead to unnecessary emotional distress. CBT seeks to modify these dysfunctional beliefs and the resulting negative thoughts and behaviors, replacing them with more productive behavioral patterns.
Build confidence in clients’ abilities to process and respond to negative thinking patterns consistently and effectively
Help clients to apply these skills outside of therapy to cope with stressful life situations in a sustainable way
How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Works
Licensed and trained therapists work collaboratively with clients on two main areas: strategies that have to do with the mind (cognitive) and those to do with behaviors (behavioral).
Therapeutic sessions focus on creating new thought processes using a variety of worksheets, exercises, and real-world exposures. Psychoeducation is often coupled with client homework to create a robust and highly effective treatment experience. Through this work, therapists can help clients identify and tackle the “thinking traps” they can get into, and the behavioral barriers that keep them feeling stuck.
By completing weekly sessions and weekly homework, clients are able to build a toolbox of coping strategies to create new and more adaptive cognitive and behavioral patterns.
Who Can Benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help a large majority of clients including those who may experience any one or combination of the following:
Anxiety and depressive disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and ritualistic behaviors
Substance use disorders
Eating disorders and body image challenges
Persistent negative self talk
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Rather than processing past events, CBT focuses on what we can do in the present to improve our lives. Our clients at The Dorm appreciate that this is a short-term, results-driven therapy model that helps them quickly identify and cope with specific challenges, which means they see the positive impact more quickly and can build on that motivation to continue the work.
For clients managing the day-to-day challenges of independent living, CBT is an efficient model that quickly helps them counteract the automatic thoughts that contribute to emotional difficulties, self-esteem issues, depression and anxiety that might stand in the way of a client reaching their full potential.
With the support and guidance of a Dorm therapist, clients can immediately learn how to replace negative thoughts with more fact-based ones, and practice behavioral exposures to desensitize built-up fears. With time, clients build trust in themselves to effect change in their own lives, now and into the future.
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At The Dorm, CBT is delivered by licensed clinicians trained in this treatment modality.
Our clinicians will often recommend CBT for clients who are experiencing anxiety and depressive disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and ritualistic behaviors, substance use disorders, eating disorders and body image challenges, phobias, cognitive rigidity and persistent negative self-talk
Our clinicians take a personalized and collaborative approach to working with clients on CBT, frequently adapting which techniques may apply best to a client’s unique situation and needs. This dynamic works well (and is possible) at The Dorm as treatment teams have daily contact and can build off a strong therapeutic rapport