When people think about therapy, they tend to imagine themselves laying on a couch as they tell a therapist their feelings. While this style may have held true decades ago, therapy has come a long way. Today, there is a multitude of therapy options and methods available to ensure each client receives the help they need for their best chance at successful recovery. One newer option is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Gateway Foundation Jacksonville implements a range of therapy programs for our clients, including a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.
Why is Individual Therapy Important?
A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program is a different approach to the traditional one-on-one, or individual, therapy session. But why spend individual sessions with a therapist or counselor? The time spent in these sessions allows clients to take a long, in-depth look into their life, thoughts, and problems with addiction. For many struggling, addiction stems from something much more profound than merely making a poor decision.
Some turn to illicit substances to self-medicate an unknown mental health disorder or illness. For others, drinking or abusing drugs is a coping mechanism to avoid thinking about past trauma. Whatever the reason is for using, individual therapy sessions can unpack these reasons and help provide insight and perspective for the client.
In group sessions, clients may be less inclined to share personal information for fear of judgment or ridicule. In individual sessions, clients can build a trusting relationship with their therapist. This trust allows them to open up more about their experiences, thoughts, and feelings, which is essential in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
So, what exactly is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? CBT places a focus on the patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior. This evidence-based therapy teaches clients that their attitudes and thoughts can affect their behaviors. The goal is to help change these negative patterns to create new, more positive ones.
A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program also supports a more collaborative and unified relationship between client and therapist. Traditionally, the therapist sets the tone, pace, and goals of the sessions. In CBT, the therapist and client work together in setting the pace, establishing goals, and monitoring progress. This teamwork helps build and strengthen the bond and trust of the pair, which leads to a more successful and productive program.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program at Gateway Foundation Jacksonville
At Gateway Foundation Jacksonville, we pride ourselves on providing a full continuum of care to our patients. Along with our Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program, we also offer the following programs and addiction therapy services:
- Residential Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization Program
- Intensive Outpatient Program
- Outpatient Treatment
- Medicated-Assisted Treatment
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy