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Cognitive-behavioral Therapy- Why is it successful for some people and not others?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has become one of most applicable and easy to understand therapies for children, adolescents, and parents. It's a combination of restructuring one's thoughts and cognitions, and changing behaviors that are harmful. CBT can be extremely powerful and life changing if the client is truly putting the effort into the therapy and the work that needs to be done on an ongoing basis at home. The results are usually very quick, and most clients will see improvements within 6-10 sessions.

This type of therapy is commonly used for anxiety, irrational fears, depression, low self-esteem, and behavioral issues in children such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). It is used in children, adolescents, and adults (both as individual clients and in a parenting role).

The quickest and highest success rates have been found in cases where both the child/adolescent and the parent both changed behaviors at home and in school combined with working on positive self-talk and cognitive restructuring in therapy. The article included describes in detail how CBT works and how it can be beneficial.

If you have questions about how your child might be helped by CBT at Bright Futures Child and Family Therapy, please don't hesitate to contact us.


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