Helping break thinking Patterns to Change Behaviours

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice that has shown to have significant, positive results for patients in addiction treatment. CBT focuses on how our thoughts and emotions influence our behaviors. Specifically, it looks at how our negative thoughts trigger emotions and create distorted thinking patterns which negatively influence our behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

The Goals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The goal of CBT is to help clients interrupt their thinking patterns and change their behaviors. With substance use disorders specifically, clients are able to interrupt addictive thought patterns and implement new coping strategies to deal with their stress.

Interrupt thinking patterns

Implement new coping strategies

With a psychodynamic foundation, the client begins to take more creative control of their life and maintains a healthy sense of self to prepare them for the future. We affirm who the person is, identify their needs, and identify healthy sources to meet those needs.

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is Implemented

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is Implemented

  1. We begin CBT with an initial assessment to get a sense of the client’s problem areas and create solutions to achieve the client’s goals.
  2. We then identify the client’s automatic thoughts, core negative beliefs, and cognitive distortions.
  3. We explore why the client thinks the way they do and begin the process of cognitive restructuring. As we identify new ways of thinking, we apply these new thinking patterns to new behaviors.

The End Result:

The client gains insight into the origins of their patterns which provides them with opportunity for behavioral intervention, practice, and change.

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