Your thoughts shape the way you view the world and how you react to it. Therefore, if you think negative thoughts, you perceive the world negatively and thus behave in negative ways. It’s not the situation that causes negative feelings or behaviors, but instead how the situation is perceived through one’s thinking. Most irrational thoughts are well learned through years of experience and these thoughts become what are known as “automatic thoughts.”
Life can be challenging, but if people, things, and situations were the only cause of all your difficulties, then you would have no control over your life. Often time thoughts are not always accurate causing one to misperceive the situation, without evaluating or gathering evidence before one acts.
The aforementioned defines irrational thinking. New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Psychiatry helps individuals (like yourself) develop skills to step back, evaluate the situation, and then make more rational choices before reacting or "overreacting."
After learning how to adjust your perception and ultimately your thinking, you will feel in more control of your life, better prepared to handle just about any type of situation you experience. You will be able to approach life more calmly and rationally. You will begin to automatically make more clear-headed decisions, replacing the old “well learned” automatic thoughts that caused your anxiety or depression with new rational thoughts that work better for you. In a nut shell, you will stay calmer and more in control, feeling better by behaving more rationally. The good news is people, things and situations have no power over you and as mentioned, "it is not people things and situations that cause you to feel bad; but what you think about people things and situations." You can have complete control over your thoughts, and once you have learned to correct and change your irrational thoughts you will have the key to living a happier more successful and productive life. Treatment is based on the motivation to get better and to actively work on learning and utilizing this treatment in the context of one’s life.
NECBT & Psychiatry is the only outpatient Mental Health Private Practice of its kind devoted to a multidisciplinary approach to strictly Evidence Based Treatment.
At New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Psychiatry we offer a multidisciplinary team approach, utilizing the most Progressive Evidence Based treatment available today. Our clinicians have a wide-range of experience and expertise. We offer several different types of programs such as Autism Spectrum and Special Needs Programs that include Art Therapy, Group Socialization, parent support groups, and one-on-one individual treatment. Yoga Therapy for relaxation techniques and stress reduction for individuals with hypertension or teens with ADHD and anxiety, Family therapy, Behavioral Parent Training, Anger Management, Gay and Lesbian Issues/couples therapy, PTSD for Veterans, Trauma, Sexual Assault, Eating Disorders, ODD, OCD, social skills building groups. Specialists who have trained to work with children and adults who have been abused or assaulted, issues arising from adoption, bi-polar, substance abuse support, and of course programs surrounding Anxiety and Depression for children, adolescents and adults
Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT) is an innovative form of therapy that falls under the umbrella term of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I-CBT was developed by American psychotherapist Thomas A. Cordier. Although the therapy embraces the majority of guidelines and the implementation of CBT, the I-CBT concept also focuses a great deal on the interpersonal relationship between the patient and therapist as the primary source for patient improvement.
I-CBT not only serves as a treatment modality but is also a treatment system that coincides with individual treatment, involving various forms of I-CBT groups, behavioral training for parents and specialized milieus for children and adolescents with special needs. I-CBT is also very effective for military members and veterans. The treatment of patients and the training of clinicians using the I-CBT system is universal in that patient treatment and clinician training of the CBT methods are presented in a similar fashion.
Each patient is assigned one on one therapy, groups and various milieus depending upon their individual needs. Parents are required to attend the first five sessions with their child or adolescent in order to reinforce I-CBT strategies in the home environment and aid the parents in dealing with their own difficulties. The treatment lasts approximately 16 weeks on average.
Contrary to many interpretations of CBT, Cordier believes that therapy cannot be truly effective unless the patient trusts and generally likes his or her therapist. For the first part of therapy the therapist focuses a great deal on building rapport with the patient, CBT is taught in unison with rapport building through an organized manual that can be learned and understood by patients of all ages. The therapist helps the patient begin to think rationally by first challenging the quick well learned irrational thoughts “action thoughts” that cause the patient’s negative emotions and unwarranted behaviors. When the time is deemed appropriate the therapist begins helping the patient challenge his or her negative core beliefs (developed in childhood and reinforced as the years go on) by discussing and challenging assumptions based upon the patient’s negative core beliefs. Once the patient and therapist are satisfied with the progress that has been made the patient is graduated from the I-CBT program.
The treatment of patients and training of clinicians using the I-CBT system is universal in that patient treatment and the training of clinicians are presented in a similar fashion through the presentation of the I-CBT manual.
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Our favorite question! Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a problem-solving and action-oriented therapy which has been found to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for anxiety and depressive disorders. This therapy is a universal treatment for several different problems and has no barriers when treating ethnicity, gender, education, or age (other than young children). CBT works on issues and behaviors of the "here and now," emphasizing current life factors that maintain the problem, though past experiences can be directly relevant to the patients’ distress and is welcomed into the discussion.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapists help patients understand that although biological and environmental conditions can contribute to problems, to a large degree the patients create their own psychological disturbances and have the ability to significantly change these disturbances. Therapists play an integral part in correcting the irrational evaluations, emotions, and behaviors of their patients by guiding them toward rational goals and purposes and assisting them in generating alternative courses of action.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps patients to understand that distorted patterns of thinking have problematic emotional and behavioral consequences. Teaching patients to self-monitor their thoughts and feelings on a day-to-day basis through the utilization of a Work Book that corresponds with weekly treatment, helps patients unravel core beliefs and their relation to ongoing feelings and behaviors. In cognitive treatment, patients learn to detect and dispute their irrational beliefs by discriminating them from their rational alternatives. Over time, this enhanced awareness will lead them to actively challenge their dysfunctional thoughts by employing cognitive, emotive, and behavioral methods of change.
Preceding every single feeling we have or action we partake in is a deep routed thought in our minds. The human brain is biologically wired to our bodies to respond to a stimulus by first thinking, then feeling, and responding finally by acting or behaving (in this precise order). Therefore, if we change our thoughts, then naturally, our feelings and actions will also change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a blanket term referring to all types of therapy that focus on thinking as the cause of mental health problems. CBT includes such diverse treatments as Cognitive Therapy developed by Dr. Aaron Beck, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. Albert Ellis, Rational Living Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and many others. All of these treatments focus on identifying irrational thoughts and changing to help the patient feel and live better.
Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT) falls under the blanket term of CBT. However, I-CBT not only serves as a treatment modality but is also a treatment system that coincides with individual treatment, involving various forms of I-CBT groups, behavioral training for parents and specialized milieus for children and adolescents with special needs. I-CBT is also very effective for military members and veterans. The treatment of patients and the training of clinicians using the I-CBT system is universal in that patient treatment and clinician training of the CBT methods are presented in a similar fashion.
The main function of I-CBT that sets it apart from other forms of CBT is the focus on the relationship built between the patient and the therapist. While we believe that it is using the CBT skills that will ultimately lead to positive change in your life, we also believe that those changes will not take hold unless you form a real trusting bond with your therapist, believe that they care about you as a person, and form a working alliance with them to help you get better. The relationship is the foundation on which the CBT skills are built.
CBT has been proven to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for Anxiety and Depression. However, there is a tremendous amount of skill involved in delivering the treatment effectively. At New England Center for CBT, our track record for helping patients is excellent. Over 90% of all people that have worked through our I-CBT treatment have experienced significant change in the way they feel. We have been working on an on-going study that examines the results of each patient’s daily outcomes and overall treatment. In our depression study, there have been significant decreases in patients’ depression scores when comparing their first session to their last session. A patient may come in a score as high as a 64 in our Depression test upon entering, but after leaving may have scores as low as 0! CBT doesn’t work for everyone, however, we’ve found that when you combine an individual that is motivated to feel better, an empathic and supportive therapist, and usage of comprehensive CBT with a highly trained therapist the results are terrific.
Does CBT work for children?
It is difficult to deliver CBT to children, but they are our favorite challenge and one of our specialties. Their brains are still developing, so speaking to children in terms and definitions that they can grasp is key to success. Over all, our method for treating children is to incorporate the CBT while utilizing various therapeutic techniques such as Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Yoga, Message Therapy. However, what is instrumental in our children’s success is the parent coaching and Behavioral Parent Training that most patients’ parents need to attend to support and reinforce the child’s treatment. Go to our pages on Children & Teens for more information.
My Teen doesn’t want to see another therapist?
Our team of experts have excellent skills building trust with some of the toughest adolescents. Most of our adolescents love the treatment and look forward to going every week! FYI, most teens at first are resistant to coming in! We believe that teens like knowing that they are working with an individual that won’t judge, can teach them important life skills, and provide them a new way of looking at situations. I-CBT is an excellent treatment option for most teens. If they give it try for a week a two, they may find it was just what they were looking for and a refreshing change from some of their former therapists. We offer a variety of treatment groups depending on what challenges the teen is dealing with.
This is a very common question! The answer is ABSOLUTELY. This is the rapport building aspect or Psychodynamic and Interpersonal aspect of our treatment. As therapist we are trained on various models of treatment and these are incorporated into your treatment. Some approaches work for some but not for others. Discussing your thoughts and feelings is essentials to the success of your treatment. However, unlike many other forms of therapy we will do something with the information that you provide, rather than just simply asking, “How does that make you feel,” we are going to apply your feelings and thoughts and discuss end goals to the behaviors.
As of right now, this is one of the best methods of treatment for Anxiety and Depression. You can not cure someone of depression or anxiety, but you can help people feel in control of their lives. CBT may not work for everyone, but with our treatment most of the people that challenge their irrational thinking and begin implementing their skills learned in sessions, see significant changes occur. Ultimately, the CBT therapist encourages the individual to be self-reliant and incorporates relapse prevention into treatment in order to maintain progress after discharge. Patients may return for a “tune up” on occasion, a session from time to time, when particularly stressful events arise.