Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a method of talking therapy, helping you to find ways of managing your problems by changing your way of thinking and your behaviour.
This form of therapy is most commonly used for depression or anxiety but can be helpful for any mental or physical health problem. At New Leaf, we see CBT therapy works well for individuals, helping them to deal with their addiction and associated behaviours.
How Does CBT Work?
CBT is based on feelings, thoughts actions and physical sensations that are interconnected. It shows individuals that negative thoughts and behaviours can trap them in a vicious cycle that can be tough to break out of.
The aim is to help individuals deal with their overwhelming problems in a more positive manner, breaking problems down into smaller parts and showing how they can then be managed, and patterns can be changed.
One of the notable differences for CBT as a form of talking therapy is that it doesn’t focus on past events, it deals with current problems. It focuses on practical ways in which you can improve your state of mind and bring positivity to your daily routines.
Self Reflection and CBT
Part of the CBT process is self-reflection; being able to understand and reflect on your own state of mind, thoughts, behaviours, and feelings to find ways of breaking down the barriers of negativity.
At New Leaf Recovery, we work with the client to help them find the best ways of helping themselves through their health problems. CBT works hand-in-hand with this approach, ensuring that we allow each client to reflect on their own behaviours and thoughts, and bring to the table a new way of thinking or acting based on positivity. Once a client has found a positive mindset, therapy can help them understand how to implement this into their daily routines as a new treatment mechanism in their recovery.
The Benefits of CBT
CBT is a successful method of therapy but may not be best suited to everyone’s needs. Some of the benefits of CBT include:
- It is a highly structured form of therapy
- It focuses on the individual’s ability to change themselves: their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
- It looks at practical strategies for everyday life that can be used post-treatment too.
CBT at New Leaf
At New Leaf Recovery, we incorporate CBT into group therapy sessions and topic groups as a way to help individuals break down their denial, negativity and self-defeating, and focus on positivity and realistic goals. Our aim is that this will help individuals approach their problems with a positive mindset and start to develop a new, improved method of managing thoughts, actions, and behaviours.
This is a tried and tested approach with excellent results when used to help treat psychological aspects of addiction.
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