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What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps improve a teen’s moods, anxiety, and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach teens that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. During CBT, a teen learns to identify harmful thought patterns. The therapist then helps the teen replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety. Specialized forms of CBT have also been developed to help adolescents coping with traumatic experiences.
Negative thoughts can develop as normal thoughts after a traumatic experience. When negative thoughts become the normal in a teen’s cognitive development, it affects the choice they make, their behavior, and actions. This cognitive process can affect the entire life of a teen girl or boy since it’s altered while their brain is still developing and is called a dysfunctional assumption.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy acts to help the teen understand that this is what’s going on. It helps him or her step outside their automatic thoughts and test them out. CBT would encourage and teach a teen how to examine real-life experiences to see what happens to them, or to others, in similar situations. Then, in the light of a more realistic perspective, the teen may be able to take the chance of testing out what other people think, by revealing something of their personal difficulties to friends. When a teen is in a disturbed state of mind, they may be basing their predictions and interpretations on a biased view of the situation, making the difficulty they face seem much worse. CBT helps teenagers correct these misinterpretations.
CBT treatment has structured sessions starting with identifying problematic symptoms such as not sleeping well, not being able to socialize in friendships, or withdrawing from school work like reading or problem-solving. These identified problematic symptoms then become the basis for planning goals the teen and their family can work towards on a weekly basis.
A teen might be asked to keep a diary of their weekly experience and progress in their plan. This kind of recorded homework helps them take ownership of the plan created with their therapist.
Another element unique to Cognitive-behavioral therapy is establishing an equal relationship between the therapist and the teenager. The term ‘collaborative empiricism’, emphasizes the importance of the teen and therapist working together to test out how the ideas behind CBT might apply to the teen’s individual situation and problems.
If your young teen is experiencing any of the following symptoms, CBT may be a solution for them and your family.
Caribbean Mountain Academy’s trained counselors and licensed therapist can help your teen girl or boy in an individualized therapy process. Please consider the safe healing environment, and effective therapy that we offer to help your young teen improve their life and behavior back at home. Give us a call now. 866-318-7392.
More information can be found from this article: https://psychcentral.com/lib/in-depth-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/