A Cornerstone of Psychological and Behavioral Treatment
Since 1989, Creative Care has been providing cutting-edge treatment, helping clients to understand and process early experiences in a safe, supportive environment. Furthermore, we completely tailor each treatment plan to each unique patient for the highest level of care. With such a wide variety of conditions treated, and with such attention given to each individual’s journey, it is essential we have a wide variety of therapeutic modalities and approaches to draw from. This week, we’d like to take a closer look at one of the cornerstones of psychological treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT is a method of psychological treatment that is highly effective in treating a range of mental health conditions. For instance, these can include anxiety and other mood disorders, depression, substance use disorders, and other illnesses. There are a large number of studies suggesting that cognitive behavioral therapy can significantly improve functioning and quality of life. For example, a meta-analysis in the New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry featuring 115 studies revealed that CBT was successful in the treatment of depression and, when combined with medication, was significantly more effective than medication alone. Furthermore, data from the American Psychiatric Association suggests that relapse rates for depression patients treated with CBT are lower than those treated with medication alone. The large number of studies and consistent findings supporting efficacy make cognitive behavioral therapy one of the most evidence-based and effective forms of psychotherapy practiced today.
How Does CBT Work?
Cognitive behavioral therapy operates with the idea that psychological problems are partly the result of flawed ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. Indeed, therapists who utilize CBT teach clients better ways of coping with their problems, thereby relieving the symptoms of their disorders and improving their lives. For example, clients learn to recognize the imbalances in their thinking, gaining a greater understanding of their behaviors and motivations. They then develop strategies with their therapist to modify their problem behaviors. Such strategies could include role playing sessions in individual or group settings. Clients also often have “homework,” which often involves practicing their new coping skills in situations that have proven stressful or triggering in the past. Finally, they often learn calming techniques to relax the mind and body in these situations.
Innovative, Creative Care
Creative Care is a psychoanalytic, attachment-focused oasis. We use behavioral modification tools and cognitive restructuring methods like CBT to deepen and expand a client’s recovery. However, cognitive behavioral therapy is just one of the methods the expert staff of Creative Care employs in both our primary mental health and dual diagnosis programs. Additionally, we employ a wide variety of techniques to best suit and meet the needs of each individual client. The goal is to provide our clients with a proper and complete diagnostic picture. From there, we unmask the internalized pain that has been hidden by problem behavior for years. In addition to CBT, a treatment plan may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Expressive Arts & Groups utilizing Music and Art
- Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
- Equine Group
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness Interventions
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psychological Testing and Diagnostic Testing
- Trauma Therapy
- 12-Step Groups (for our dual diagnosis clients)
With over 30 years of experience, Creative Care provides the best chance for the greatest longevity in recovery. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today at 855-954-0762.