Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, otherwise known as CBT, can sound like complicated jargon, but at its core, it is simple. CBT assumes that negative thinking brings about negative interpersonal reactions and negative consequences. If this is true, the opposite must be as well – positive thinking brings about positive outcomes and positive interactions. While it is not as simple as empty, yet positive self-talk, CBT is very simple.

Here at Rites of Passage NW, we teach our teens how to replace defeating and negative thoughts with positive ones. This is not an overnight therapy, and does take time and effort, but with the long-term nature of our program, we have had continued success with it.cbt

In fact, CBT has gained much recognition in recent years because of its success. With a simple notion that aims to replace bad habits and thinking with more positive ones, teens are able to life happier and productive lives.

CBT is often performed in a group therapy setting, with other peers and participants. Teens are assigned homework so that positive thinking stays with them and they learn new habits through all hours of the day. CBT is widely used on problems such as addiction and alcohol abuse, and disorders such as OCD, ADHD, anxiety and depression, and even bipolar disorder.


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