What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Rites of Passage Obesity Health and Wellness Camp uses a multi-layered therapy model to help our kids deal with the deeper issues surrounding their weight, their eating habits, how and why they eat, their self-esteem and body image. At the very core of our therapy model is CBT. The Cognitive behavioral therapy approach has, at its base, the understanding that our behavior and our interactions with the people around us is dependent on the way in which we think. By changing the way we think about ourselves and our relationship with food, we can change the actions that follow. Since our actions are influenced by our thoughts, it follows that a positive change in our thought patterns will bring about a positive change in our behavior. Weight loss and increased self-confidence are inevitable with this evidence based practice.
Along with correcting the negative thinking patterns associated with low self-esteem and unhealthy eating habits, CBT also helps our students to better manage their problems and to focus on the positive. We frame “problems” as “challenges” and we guide each student through the process of change and recovery.
The Benefits of CBT
Cognitive behavioral therapy has gained a lot of momentum due to its high success rate among adolescents. CBT therapy assists in correcting a number of personal issues and does it faster than most of the other techniques available for the correction of a wide variety of compulsive behavior disorders and low self-esteem.
Some of the problems that the therapy focuses on correcting are depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, food addictions, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), bipolar disorder, ADHD, fatigue, anger management issues, low self esteem, eating disorders, sleep problems and post traumatic stress disorder.
CBT therapy, when conducted in the wilderness setting, has been proven to bring about results even faster than the same therapy when conducted in a traditional clinical setting. This is the miracle of wilderness therapy, and why our program is so effective.