When you realize it's time to Rethink

Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a highly effective psychological therapy based on research and clinical practice. For many individuals suffering from mental health challenges and conditions, CBT can be a means of achieving sustainable, meaningful progress.

CBT is a therapy used for a large variety of mental health disorders. Its popularity is earned over decades of research and practice that demonstrate clinical effectiveness, in other words… it works.

As a trusted provider of cognitive behavioral therapy, MHS has created this practical guide to help you better understand why working with a CBT therapist could be the life-changing solution you’ve been searching for.

Think for yourself


Rethink is created for people whose thoughts and beliefs affect how they feel, how they relate to others, and how they function in the world. Rethink, based on CBT, recognizes that our thinking, or cognitions play a central role in emotional distress and behavior problems.

The rhymes & reasons

In order to reduce distress and solve problems, Rethink therapists actively examine the validity of automatic thoughts and core belief systems that contribute to mental illness. Then they look to replace ineffective thinking with more balanced and healthy thoughts. Here’s to Rethinking.

Surrounded with care

Rethink is a CBT Intensive Outpatient program that meets twice weekly. We work closely with other providers, including existing individual therapists, to ensure our clients receive the highest level of comprehensive care. Length of treatment is based on medical necessity and goal attainment, aka; You.

What is CBT?

CBT stands for cognitive behavioral therapy, a treatment method that aims to support an individual in creating healthier, more productive thoughts and behavioral patterns. Essentially, CBT helps an individual pinpoint negative thoughts and behaviors, then replace them with improved alternatives.

The core principles of CBT are:

  • The causes of any problem are complex, but locating the factors that currently maintain an issue is key.
  • There is a defined connection between feelings and behaviors, so improving one can alleviate difficulties with another.
  • Psychological challenges are often based (at least in part) on fault, unhelpful, and learned patterns of thinking and behavior.
  • By learning better coping methods, individuals dealing with psychological difficulties can reduce their symptoms and achieve a higher quality of life.
  • Treatment focuses on resolving current problems rather than focusing solely on the past (although past experiences are not ignored).

Depending on an individual’s specific needs and goals, a CBT therapist will carefully tailor the treatment experience accordingly. However, most CBT treatments involve strategies that include:

  • Learning how to actively recognize one’s distorted/negative thought patterns to reshape them through the lens of reality
  • Building confidence in one’s abilities
  • Gaining a clearer understanding of others’ behaviors and motivations
  • Confronting fears rather than avoiding them
  • Practicing how to calm one’s mind and body
  • Utilizing role-playing exercises to prepare for various scenarios
  • Developing effective coping skills
  • Implementing newly-learned skills outside the therapy environment

What CBT Can Help With

CBT treatment approaches can support individuals with a diverse range of challenges, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulties with emotional regulation, anger, etc.
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance abuse/addiction
  • Psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia
  • Relationship issues
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain/fatigue
  • Chronic stress

Because the focus of CBT is on learning new behaviors and patterns of thought, it can also be highly applicable to individuals that would like to improve their everyday habits and overall well-being.

Benefits of CBT

CBT benefits will vary based on an individual’s unique needs, challenges, and long-term goals. Ultimately, the primary benefit of CBT is the ability to more effectively manage mental distress and regain control of one’s mental health.

In general, the growth that comes through CBT can include:

  • Recognizing distorted thinking more quickly
  • Developing effective problem-solving skills
  • Remaining calm in the face of difficult circumstances
  • Gaining distance from negative thinking
  • Understanding that thoughts do not have to dictate behaviors
  • Improving communication skills
  • Better managing strong emotional reactions
  • Shifting reactions to emotional triggers
  • Practicing more rational thought processes
  • Strengthening self-esteem and confidence
  • Managing the symptoms of mental health conditions

Effectiveness of CBT

According to the American Psychological Association, cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be as effective as (or more effective than) various other forms of treatment and psychiatric medications.

The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy is confirmed by decades of research and clinical practice, and our understanding of how it can work exceptionally well for many psychological challenges only continues to deepen.

How to Find a CBT Therapist

To experience optimal results from CBT, selecting an experienced therapist that suits your specific needs is crucial.

Here are a few tips to help you find a CBT provider:

Verify therapists’ credentials.

Take the time to research the background and experience of the therapists you are considering so that you can properly confirm their credentials. If you cannot locate that information in your research, feel free to request details from the therapist. A reputable, trustworthy therapist will be happy to provide you with all the relevant information regarding their credentials, training, and experience.

Consider your personal therapy preferences.

Therapy is not one-size-fits-all, and it makes sense that building a solid relationship with your therapist is paramount to the success of your treatment.

As you look for therapists, consider your own needs and preferences, including:

  • Gender: Do you feel more comfortable working with one gender or the other?
  • Age: Do you prefer to work with a therapist close to your age, older, or younger?
  • Religion: Is religious affiliation something you consider to be important?
  • Race/ethnicity: Would you be more comfortable working with a therapist who shares your racial/ethnic identity?
  • Areas of expertise: Do you have a specific condition or unique needs that you want your therapist to have experience with?

Schedule a consultation.

A consultation appointment is an excellent opportunity to get a “feel” for a new therapist, so you can determine whether or not they may be the right fit for you. During a consultation, you can ask the provider about their approach to treatment, background, and experience. It is also the perfect time to gather additional details about a potential treatment plan.

After you complete your consultation, think about how you felt during the appointment. Were you relatively comfortable? Did you feel the therapist’s responses to your questions met your expectations?

For many individuals, establishing a “connection” with their therapist can make a world of difference. However, if you aren’t successful on your first try, do not give up your search. The right CBT therapist for you is out there.

 

Get Started with CBT – Contact Mental Health Systems

With CBT, you can achieve a broad range of goals that contribute to a happier, healthier way of life. It is a research-based approach that recognizes the complexity of mental health challenges, and its versatility makes it an outstanding option for various individuals.

MHS provides cognitive behavioral therapy in Minnesota, connecting adult and adolescent patients with our extensively trained CBT therapists in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Plymouth, Woodbury, Edina, and Apple Valley.

Our Rethink program incorporates key principles of CBT, taking a collaborative approach to supporting our clients in the pursuit of improved well-being. Additionally, we facilitate online CBT through our Virtu-Clinic program, making the benefits of CBT accessible in the comfort of your home.For more information about how CBT can help you, contact us at 952-835-2002 or connect with us online today.

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