Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

cbt-diagramAt Paradigm San Francisco, we incorporate Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into our Teem Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment plans.  Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a goal-oriented approach which focuses on examining teens’ feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and the connections thereof.  In Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions, therapists work with teens to help them examine their beliefs and thought patterns and then make positive changes which will serve to lessen their overall stress and/or their current negative symptoms.  

Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions are a little bit different from traditional talk therapy sessions, in that they are more structured, as therapists actively guide teens through talking about their specific current goals, related progress and/or challenges, and may give teens feedback on how they’re moving along the path of their goal.   In some cases, therapists might also give teens exercises or behaviors to practice as “homework,” outside of the treatment session.  Then, therapists will follow up with teens regarding how they did, implementing the goal-oriented work.

The specific goals that teens work on during Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions depend entirely upon the teens.  Because all of our teen treatment programs are designed individually, therapists will work with teens to recognize and create goals, as well as then determine what kinds of practical steps teens can practice, in accordance with those goals.  Some examples of the types of goals teens might set include things like incorporating new positive habits into their daily lives.  For instance, teens might begin an exercise program or practice meditation in order to reduce stress; they might set nutrition goals in order to alleviate physical discomforts; or they might incorporate a new activity that they can enjoy sober.  

Another focus of Cognitive Behavioral Sessions might be to help teens to restructure existing negative thought patterns that have been identified.  Together, therapists and teens will identify practical habits that teens can practice, in order to disrupt negative thought patterns from developing.  For instance, for teens who struggle with Panic attacks, teens might practice a way of calming their minds when they begin to see a trigger surfacing.  The goal of practicing this new behavior is eventually to fend off the panic attacks.  
As with all of the therapeutic approaches we incorporate at Paradigm San Francisco, we include Adolescent CBT on a case-by-case basis, as determined by her or his particular needs, symptoms, and larger treatment goals.  Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating a number of different Mental health and Substance Abuse disorders, including but not limited to Teen Depression, Teen Anxiety, Teen Bipolar Disorder.  Teen CBT is always used as one aspect in our treatment plans and combined with numerous other talk-based and experience-based therapies.