Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, focuses on connecting thoughts, behavior, and feelings. Adolescent therapy can be effective in treating many teen related issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
The Principles of CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the linkage between one’s thoughts, behavior, and feelings. An adolescent in Burnsville who thinks he or she is awkward may shy away from social engagement or conversation. When there is no social interaction, this only reinforces the belief that he or she is awkward.
The objective of CBT is to break the cycle by changing the way the teenager thinks or behaves.
How CBT Works
Many teens, as they mature and expand, develop a distorted belief about themselves. CBT helps the adolescent face these distortions and modify them.
A teen that gets a bad grade on a test may think the grade is due to stupidity. This leads the young person to believe they are unworthy. A psychotherapist can help the person identify thoughts that directly contribute to mental health problems. CBT can be effective in treating a teen who has developed an eating disorder such as bulimia. CBT is used to explore feelings and thoughts about the body and actions that lead to unhealthy behavior.
The Benefits of CBT
CBT helps adolescents interpret their environment differently. CBT is problem-focused. It is designed to deal with real issues, issues that are current. When compared to other approaches to adolescent therapy, CBT is short-term. The psychotherapist spends little or no time rehashing the young patient’s childhood, nor do they look for hidden meanings buried in their behavior. CBT sessions focus on helping teens deal with the “here and now.”
CBT can help the adolescent improve his or her ability to communicate more effectively with others, help them deal with their fears, improve their self-esteem, and change negative thought patterns into positive ones.
If your youngster is having problems, adolescent therapy in Burnsville can help. To discuss how CBT can help your child, contact Options Family & Behavior Services, Inc.
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