Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence based treatment that involves learning the relationship between one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. In doing so, skills are learned to help improve control over negative thoughts and unhelpful actions in order to improve mood. Coping skills can include relaxation, cognitive challenges, and behavioral activation. CBT has shown significant effectiveness in the treatment of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. CBT is considered to be skills based and time limited.
Several different CBT programs are utilized by the therapists at the CFCC. Other modalities such as mindfulness and DBT skills may also be used to supplement CBT as appropriate.
Coping Cat/The C.A.T. Program: This is a program specifically designed to address anxiety in children and teens. This program involved approximately 20 sessions aimed at learning the foundation of CBT skills and working on exposures to situations that trigger anxiety so the child can practice using skills effectively. Coping Cat was designed for children ages 7-13 while the C.A.T. program can be used effectively with teens.