Since it first came to the forefront of psychotherapeutics in the 1960s, cognitive-behavioral therapy has helped people of all ages deal with behavioral disorders. Mental health treatment services at Kiwi Recovery include cognitive-behavioral therapy for teens.
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What Is a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program?
A teen cognitive-behavioral therapy program is a type of psychological therapy program that has structure and is goal oriented. It is one of the most common psychotherapy options.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help with many mental health conditions, including:
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Substance use disorders
- General life stress
- Low self-esteem
Teen CBT focuses on the idea that unhelpful and negative thought patterns can affect mood and behaviors. Patterns of negative behaviors can also cause mental health difficulties, which is why learning to identify these unhelpful patterns of thought and behavior can lead to positive changes.
Teen CBT can help teens identify these thoughts and reevaluate them more clearly. CBT can also help teens gain a better understanding of the motivations that other people have while helping them increase their confidence in their own abilities.
A cognitive-behavioral therapy program will also involve efforts to change behavioral patterns. These efforts can include learning to face fears instead of avoiding them, learning to calm the mind and body, and role-playing to face difficult situations.
Benefits of Teen CBT Programs
There are many benefits that teens can get from participating in cognitive-behavioral programs.
A teen cognitive-behavioral therapy program tends to be shorter than other psychotherapy options. The program can take between five and 20 sessions, while other programs can take many months or even years to make a difference.
Not only does this mean that a teen can start seeing improvements quicker, encouraging them to continue, but it can also make treatment more affordable.
CBT can offer results that last longer than other comparable therapy options. It can be especially helpful for depression and anxiety, teaching teens to manage their emotions in a way that they can turn to for the rest of their lives.
Teen CBT works well in individual and group therapy, allowing the teen to experience various formats. What participants learn in CBT sessions is also easy to apply to everyday situations because CBT offers tools that clients can use in any situation.
These tools can teach a teen how to manage different challenges while building their confidence in their ability to make the behavioral changes they want.
Works with and Without Medication
Cognitive-behavioral therapy goes right to the root of the problem by uncovering negative and unhelpful ways of thinking about a situation. Therefore, medication is not always necessary. Treatment can be just as effective without medication.
Teaches Rational Thought Processes
CBT focuses on helping teens recognize the thought patterns that can cause distress. Once teens can identify unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, their therapist teaches them strategies they need to think through the situation from a distance and without emotional weight.
Consider Teen CBT at Kiwi Recovery
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is very popular for one important reason: it is effective. For teens facing mental health challenges, turning to an option like CBT can help them discover a sense of empowerment. A major benefit of this type of therapy is that it teaches teens the skills they need to help themselves in future challenges.
Kiwi Recovery offers CBT for teens and young adults who want to make a change in their lives. By offering life skills training and therapeutic assistance, we can help prepare a teen to face the world. Call Kiwi Recovery today at 617.751.6610 or reach out online to learn more about our services.