Cognitive behavioral therapy at Creative Care finds its core in the idea that mental health issues are in part the product of dysfunctional ways of thinking and learning patterns of problematic behavior. It is the goal of therapists to teach clients to recognize this unhelpful thinking and develop new ways of coping with problems. Under a professional’s gentle guidance, clients gain a new perspective into their thinking and greater insight into their behaviors and motivations. From here, they can begin to build alternative methods by which they regain agency in their lives as active participants. In a safe and supportive environment, individuals can practice these new strategies in role-playing sessions with their therapist or in a group setting. They also learn effective calming techniques to relax the body and mind in triggering situations, allowing them to respond rather than react.
Research shows cognitive behavioral therapy to be highly effective in treating a range of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders such as bipolar disorder. For example, a 2001 study by Federoff and Taylor found that cognitive behavioral therapy performed better than medication in the long-term treatment of anxiety disorders. Furthermore, studies by Lam, Burbeck et al and Cakir and Ozerdem suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder is an effective method of preventing relapse. The consistent findings of a large number of studies and meta-analyses make cognitive behavioral therapy one of the most evidence-based and effective forms of psychotherapy practiced today.
Creative Care blends methods like cognitive behavioral therapy with other evidence-based strategies to offer clients the best chance at a successful and sustained recovery. Our biopsychosocial approach, delivered within a framework of such strategies help clients to identify and address difficulties, understand interpersonal dynamics, and develop positive coping skills in place of dysfunctional behavior. A completely individualized treatment plan may also include:
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Activities groups
- Mindfulness interventions and meditation
- Psychological and diagnostic testing
- Family therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Attachment-based psychotherapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Art therapy
Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, please give Creative Care a call today.