At Dedicato, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy to our clients. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying faulty beliefs and distorted beliefs that influence feelings and behaviors. Dr. Marshall and his clinical staff are experts in the theory of CBT. Furthermore, the Dedicato treatment program seeks to remove self-destructive thoughts which are often at the root of self-destructive and addictive behaviors. By changing these self-destructive thinking patterns, we can help patients cope with life more effectively without the use of chemicals so they can lead more productive and healthy lives.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychological treatment effective for patients suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, and severe mental illness. CBT is an evidence-based practice proven to lead to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on several core principles, including:
Cognitive behavioral therapy includes these strategies to change thinking patterns:
CBT also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:
Not all CBT will use all of these strategies. Rather, the clinician and client work together, in a collaborative fashion, to develop an understanding of the problem and to develop a treatment strategy.
CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in sessions as well as “homework” exercises, clients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions, and behavior.
Cognitive behavioral therapists emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.