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What to Expect in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

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Mental health treatment is essential for people of all ages. It is particularly important for teenagers, as they are in a critical stage of development. Without proper mental health care, teens may struggle to build healthy relationships, handle stress and anxiety, and maintain their academic performance.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a common treatment approach for mental health issues among adolescents. Knowing what to expect in cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you or a loved one find the needed help.

If you or a loved one are considering CBT for mental health concerns, our team at Imagine Spokane is here to help. Our licensed therapists are experienced in working with teenagers and are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care.

Contact us today at 888.384.3143 to learn more about our teen cognitive-behavioral therapy program and how we can help. We look forward to hearing from you.

What Is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a type of mental health treatment that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT is often used to treat anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health issues. The treatment approach is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected.

CBT is goal-oriented, meaning that the therapist and patient work together to identify specific goals for the therapy. The therapist then helps the patient develop a plan to reach those goals. CBT is often short-term, with patients typically attending therapy sessions for several weeks or months.

What to Expect in CBT

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a structured treatment program usually involving one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed mental health professional. The number of sessions needed depends on the individual, the type and severity of the mental health problem, and the progress made during the therapy.

At the beginning of therapy, the therapist will typically ask the patient a series of questions to gain an understanding of the patient’s mental health history and current symptoms. The therapist may also administer psychological assessments to evaluate the patient’s cognitive and emotional functioning.

During therapy sessions, the therapist will work with the patient to identify negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their mental health issues. The therapist will help the patient challenge these negative thoughts and replace them with more positive and realistic thoughts.

CBT often involves homework assignments in which the patient practices new coping strategies and techniques outside of therapy sessions. The therapist will provide guidance and feedback on how to use these strategies effectively.

Through CBT, patients learn to manage their symptoms, develop better coping mechanisms, and improve their overall mental health. CBT can be particularly effective for teens, as it helps them build resilience and develop healthy coping mechanisms to serve them throughout their lives.

Teen Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Imagine Spokane

At Imagine Spokane, we offer a comprehensive teen cognitive-behavioral therapy program, which includes group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy. Our program is trauma-informed, meaning that we recognize the impact of trauma on mental health and strive to create a safe and supportive environment for our patients.

In addition to CBT, we offer medication management and educational advocacy services to support our patients’ mental health and academic success.

Our team of licensed mental health professionals is dedicated to providing each patient with individualized care and support. We work closely with families and caregivers to ensure our patients have the resources and support they need to succeed in treatment and beyond.

Contact Imagine Spokane for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

If you are a parent or caregiver of a teen struggling with mental health issues, cognitive-behavioral therapy may be an effective treatment option. At Imagine Spokane, our teen cognitive-behavioral therapy program is designed to help teens develop robust coping mechanisms and manage their symptoms.

Contact us today at 888.384.3143 or online to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment. We are here to help you and your teen navigate mental health challenges with compassion and care.