Why Choose Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches individuals to react differently to the situations and bodily sensations that trigger unwanted symptoms. MRC Clinicians use coginitive-behavioral techniques in therapy with children because of the important role that (1) thinking has in how we feel and what we do, (2) informed 'responding' vs automatic 'reacting' has in how we feel and what we do and (3) choice has in how we feel and what we do.
When unwanted emotions or behaviors emerge in discussion, through specific exercises and/or in the case of children, via strategic use of 'play', our MRC Clinicians often educate using cognitive-behavioral techniques. For instance, the Clinician teaches about the link between a negative thought (i.e. 'I can't do it!'), the feeling that follows (i.e. I'm so mad!) and the behavior that occurs (i.e. giving up).
Our Clinicians offer new approaches to dilemmas so that clients learn better choices for managing themselves and difficult situations. We talk about how when brains are healthy, it is thinking that helps us feel good and make healthy choices. There are also times when it's important to shift out of our minds/thoughts and into our hearts/feelings and/or bodies/sensations. As humans, we're biologically wired and designed to be empowered to use a wide range of options for navigating our complex and ever-changing lives. We encourage 'homework' between sessions, so like the multiplication tables, new skills learned in therapy can become reliable tools in day-to-day life.
For more information on cognitive-behavioral therapy, please visit the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists: http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm
CBT is goal-oriented. Virtually every effort the Clinician and client makes in therapy is oriented around the various goals agreed upon at the beginning of therapy. As needed, based on improvements, discoveries or new circumstances, the Clinician and client modify therapy goals to ensure that the CBT is agenda-driven, solution-focused and skillfully yielding desired outcomes. By working collaboratively in this manner, skills are learned, practiced and generalized to improve symptoms, often also serving as a catalyst for a commitment to overall wellness.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown via research for decades to be an effective treatment for a range of mental health issues. It is expecially known as a 'best practice' for treating anxiety and depression. One of the evidence-based hallmarks of CBT is known as Exposure With Response Prevention (ERP), which requires specialty training to provide appropriately. There are also many other forms of helpful treatment for improving mood and managing distress, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
For most clients, CBT ranges from 5 to 50 sessions.
Why Choose Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at MRC?
All MRC Clinicians participate in a weekly CBT Consultation group which allows for quality assurance, professional support and access to additional perspectives when needed. Our clients benefit from this 'Team Approach' because while they are solely working with their individual therapist, they can also rely upon their therapist having the resources sometimes needed to ensure optimal treatment during complex conditions.
Integrative and Comprehensive Foundation
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with a Attachment-based, Mindfulness-oriented, Developmentally-supportive Approach
While our MRC Clinicians use evidence-based CBT as the primary foundation of services, we also rely upon the research and the clinical value of Attachment, Mindfulness and Development to inform the CBT in a way that supports what we refer to as the '3 pillars' of healthy human functioning: (1) the attachment system, (2) the attention system and (3) the alarm system. In most mental health issues, the client is experiencing some maladaptive habits or patterns in one or all of these systems. Research has consistently shown that the THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE (the collaborative relationship between therapist and client) is critical for the treatment to take effect. By approaching the CBT with a sensitivity to the client's attachment experiences, their ability to regulate and self-soothe (mindfulness) and each client's developmental 'capacity' (age and stage of life), it is our philosophy that optimal and individualized CBT conditions can be achieved.
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