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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an umbrella term for evidence based treatment that envolves helping patient/clients change their thoughts. Many types of models fall under the CBT category such as: Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT.  The CBT model that is used at New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is called Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, considred the "new school of thought" in CBT due to it's structured nature and the usage of a step by step manual. 

How long is Cognitive Behavioral Treatment?

As mentioned above, we use the Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Treatment system as our Center's practice model. I-CBT focuses on emotion and emotional intelligence and goes deeper than traditional CBT. Treatment for many lasts about 24 - 28 week. Please use this as an estimate, because treatment is focused on the individual and the individual's ability to start incorporating the skills into their lives.  Treatment is so stringent that it is only psychoeducational (although it is organized and moves step by step).  For some treatment can last upto 15 weeks while others might be with us for upwards of a year. It's all based on how you work the program! 

Do you use CBT for children ?

We do treat children up through adolescents. However, very young children, we are going to do more work parents to teach them interventions and tools to use within the household.  Depending on age and issue, we craft the treatment plan that will have the most optimal outcomes for children and their families. 

Parent Training and Groups

You might have heard that our treatment involves three tiers: individual, groups, and Parent Empowerment Training.  Parents are taught the same skills as their children in addition to the behavioral reinforcement skills. The program requires commitment, but you will quickly see, especially if you have been to other places, why the program has had the success that it has. 

Is your program just a group?

No! Treatment does use groups, but the emphasis for us in individualized treatment.   In our program, depending on your age and circumstance - you will have individual treatment, group and behavioral parent training (18 years and younger), young adults - individual and group (depending on age and severity parents are welcome to join the Parent Empowerment Training)  - adults typically just group. When you call the office, we can give you a really good idea of what your treatment will most likely consist of, provide you your estimates for out of pocket costs - please keep in mind that it is not a guarantee of treatment and it is the Psychotherapist that will oversee and conduct the treatment plan. The consultants can only provide you general details. 

Can I come in to see if I am going to like the Psychotherapist

You may come in to see if you like your therapist. However,  the first time you meet with a Psychotherapist, we start the assessment and billing process and they will explain the program. You are free to drop out of the program at anytime. 

What is Interpersonal - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Treatment is a treatment system created by Thomas A. Cordier, PhD. The treatment is delivered in a step by step process.  I-CBT combines some of the best that psychology has to offer into one  hybrid treatment consisting of CBT & Emotional Intelligence. Treatment is delivered in a series of workbook modules that build into each other, creating a self help book that is tailored around the individual undergoing treatment. 

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Treatment for Depression , Anxiety, Behavioral Disorders

I-CBT is a universal treatment system that is used as a basis for most mental health issues. The treatment is tailored to the individual that is undergoing treatment.  

Testing Batteries

An integral part of treatment is using testing batteries for provider accountability and patient progress. BECK Anxiety Scales and BECK Depression Anxiety along with Rational Emotive Testing Scale created by Dr. Cordier, helps track the progress of each individual patient in treatment. As rational thinking improves, anxiety and depression scores decrease. 

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The "I" in I-CBT

The "I" in I-CBT refers to three main concepts: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Integrative. Many make the mistake of assuming the "I" means the relationship between provider and patient. True, the therapeutic bond is key for progress. However, the "I" has a much deeper meaning: the incorporation of Interpersonal Skills or "Emotional Intelligence" . I-CBT is Integrative as it incorporates some of the best tools ever developed in mental health and may be added to the model  making I-CBT organic and allowing the model to evolve and incorporate new ideas and concepts that are evidence based or show promise for advancements.  

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I-CBT Certifiation

There are 3 levels of certification. 

Level I: Resident level / Adult treatment 

Level II: Licensed providers / can teach the I-CBT Family Treatment System

Diplomat: Has a proven track record of I-CBT implementation, understanding of the model, and is able to train other providers. It is not I-CBT if the provider is not certified by the American Center of CBT in Connecticut. 

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