a therapist and his patient in a cognitive behavioral therapy programIf you’re looking for mental health or addiction treatment, you may have seen something known as CBT. CBT is short for cognitive-behavioral therapy, a modern and effective method of talk therapy.

Promises Five Palms provides cognitive-behavioral therapy in Florida that is used in co-occurring disorder treatment programs, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment.

Here’s what you need to know about Florida CBT programs and how our licensed therapists can help.

What Is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program (CBT)?

A cognitive-behavioral therapy program is a practical method of shaping emotions and feelings to a desirable outcome. This treatment program addresses behavioral issues or mental health issues by changing the way that people think about them, and by changing the way that they react to them emotionally.

Many patients react with success to cognitive-behavioral therapy programs, because it challenges the cognitive distortions that are underlying mental health issues. As an example, a patient who turns to drinking alcohol when depressed might need to address the thoughts that are causing these feelings. They might need to refocus their thinking whenever they find themselves thinking these problematic thoughts.

Since CBT shapes behavior, it uses virtually any type of treatment that’s behavior-based. And since CBT focuses on short-term solutions to problems, patients often find themselves seeing improvement almost immediately, though long-term work is needed to continue this improvement.

What Is CBT Used to Treat?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy in Florida is commonly used to treat disorders such as anxiety issues, depression, substance abuse problems, and communication issues. Because it is a behavioral and cognitive shaping method, it can be useful for things such as improving workplace environments. CBT is a fairly broad-spectrum treatment, and as such, can be an excellent treatment for several things.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and other quite serious issues can be treated through CBT. However, you can use CBT in conjunction with other treatments. CBT can work for personality disorders, as some report their personalities having significant changes after CBT. In general, a decrease in neurotic behaviors and an increase in more extroverted behaviors can be observed in CBT patients.

At Promises Five Palms, our therapists see patients in the following programs:

Consequently, some people who don’t feel they require general therapy may still use CBT as a way of self-improvement, and some CBT methods are available in “self-help” methods.

What Can Combine with CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can work with other forms of therapy and may be useful with medication, for the most optimal outcomes. When you use CBT with medicine, such as depression medications and anxiety medications, it often shows better results. However, a therapist would be needed as a consultant to determine whether both are ideal.

Our Florida CBT program is usually not solely used for people who have complex mental health issues. It’s a direct and (relatively) simple therapy process. It’s also not used for people who have learning disorders or other inabilities to focus, as it can be more difficult for them to enact the type of control over their behavior and thought processes that would be needed.

But it’s a CBT expert and licensed therapist that would have to tell someone whether a CBT program is truly right for them, as it’s generally decided on a case-by-case basis. An expert will look at your diagnosis to determine which treatment plans may be the most effective for you.

Therapies at Promises Five Palms

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective type of therapy, and many modern health facilities provide it. If you want to know more about CBT and other treatments, you should contact Promises Five Palms to see if a CBT program in Florida is right for you.

Other therapy programs we offer include:

Schedule an appointment by calling 1.844.675.1022 to speak with our addiction and mental health counselors.