Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Teens
Understanding CBT for Teens
What is Teen Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps teenagers change their thoughts and behaviors. It is a popular form of therapy for many different types of teen mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and substance abuse. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected. So, if we can change our thoughts, we can change our behavior.
There are many benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for teens including emotion regulation, problem solving, negative behavior reduction, and relationship building. In some cases, these benefits can be enhanced when CBT is part of a broader program, such as those offered by adolescent residential treatment centers.
What to Expect from CBT for Teens
How CBT for Teens Works
CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. CBT is based on the idea that negative thoughts and feelings can trap us in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help adolescents break out of that cycle by changing their patterns of thinking and behavior. If you’re dealing with an trouble teenager, our out of control teenager programs can help them break this cycle and regain control.
CBT Activities for Teens
CBT Activities and Techniques for Teenagers
Journaling is a way to help teens process their thoughts and feelings. They can use journaling to track their moods, identify negative thinking patterns, and practice positive self-talk. This activity is used in-between sessions and discussed in therapy.
This helps teens challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs. They learn to identify distorted thinking patterns, such as all-or-nothing thinking, and replace them with more balanced thoughts.
This activity helps teens test out their beliefs about themselves. For example, a teen with social anxiety may be asked to go to a party and talk to 3 new people. This helps the teen learn that their beliefs about themselves may not be accurate.
RELAXATION AND STRESS MANAGEMENT
Relaxation and stress management techniques can help teens manage their anxiety and stress. These may include breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness meditation.
Problem-solving helps teens identify and find solutions to the problems in their lives. This may include goal-setting, brainstorming, and role-playing. Problem solving can also help teens with conflict in their relationships.
Guided discovery helps therapists understand where teens are coming from and then challenge their beliefs. Teens will be asked to provide the reasoning for their beliefs and work to broaden their thinking. Teens then begin to see things from other perspectives.
CBT for Teens by Key Healthcare
CBT for Teenagers in Los Angeles, CA
Key Healthcare provides CBT for adolescents as a part of our teen treatment programs. Teens will participate in individual and group therapy sessions that utilize CBT to treat their mental health condition(s) and dual diagnosis substance abuse. To learn more about our intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and residential treatment centers for teens, contact us today