Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a solution-focused, evidence-based treatment approach that emphasizes changing behavior through applying specific skills. It is a short-term and goal-oriented therapy.

Origins of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Aaron Beck developed cognitive behavioral therapy in the 1960s and the medical community researched its effectiveness extensively. It is the most common therapy for treating psychiatric disorders. CBT focuses on how cognitions, emotions, and behavior relate to each other and how changing the way an individual evaluates a situation can change the behavioral reaction. It can also be applied by initially implementing behavioral changes which will lead to an eventual change in cognitive processes.

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In CBT, the therapist and the client work in collaboration to identify and solve specific problems that have prevented the client from effective functioning. According to the Beck Institute, CBT has been found to be effective in more than 1,000 outcome studies for a myriad of psychiatric disorders, including depressive disorder, Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, other personality disorders, and dual diagnosis.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for individuals who experienced difficulties with other types of therapy. Since CBT is solution-focused, it gives individuals a goal and the skills they need to achieve that goal. With identifiable milestones, participants feel more successful and more likely to continue with the program.

Other Treatment Options

If you have a mental health or substance abuse disorder that requires comprehensive mental health treatment, then contact the professionals at Lifeskills South Florida. We offer premier mental health therapies to help individuals and families recover from mental illnesses and addiction. Some of the other mental health therapies we offer include:

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