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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Toronto

The path to sobriety involves just as much of unlearning old behaviour and thought patterns as it does learning new tools and coping strategies. Cognitive behavioural therapy was developed on the assumption that the ways we think and interpret life events influence our behaviour and how we feel. Understanding why certain ways of thinking have led to past poor decisions can help you create that mental shift to lead a happier, more fulfilling life. 

Freedom From Addiction offers a comprehensive cognitive behaviour therapy program in Toronto that provides focus on resolving the emotional and behavioural problems, issues and disturbances in one’s life.

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What Is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a kind of psychotherapy that concentrates on how a person’s beliefs, thoughts and attitudes sway their feelings and behaviour in everyday life. It is based on the belief that unhelpful ways of thinking can lead to a variety of psychological and mental health conditions, including addiction. If people can learn unhelpful behaviour, they can unlearn it as well. 

Experts trained in cognitive behavioural therapy believe that problems stem from the meanings individuals give to life events, as well as the actual events themselves. These unhelpful beliefs can make it challenging for people to confidently function in different situations and obtain sobriety. In order to move past these patterns of thinking, patients are taught to focus on present-day challenges, thoughts and behaviours, rather than dwell on the past.

The goal of Freedom From Addiction’s cognitive behavioural therapy in Toronto is to ultimately help individuals develop new habits in order to relieve symptoms of mental and physical conditions.

How Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Work?

Freedom From Addiction’s cognitive behavioural therapy in Toronto is just a part of the overall path to sobriety. It is a short-term therapy technique that takes a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that can be successful with a range of clients, but requires their active participation to succeed. 

There are a variety of methods and learning tools Freedom From Addiction uses for cognitive behavioural therapy in Toronto. These include role-playing activities, homework assignments, progressively increasing exposure to things that induce fear, keeping a journal, and more. Regular one-on-one or group therapy sessions, or even a combination of both, encourage positive behavioural change and growth by allowing clients to practice the skills they have learned through these methods and tools.

In particular, a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in this area. It emphasizes the importance of identifying, questioning and changing how a person perceives a situation. Cognitive behavioural therapy can have a positive influence on the way our clients feel and act while equipping them with coping strategies to work through challenges at the same time.

Who Can Benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

It is easy for individuals to get trapped in certain patterns of thinking and not be able to see that change is possible. A wide range of people can benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy and most respond well to the treatment. 

However, experts do point to particular characteristics and mindsets that a certain type of person requires in order to benefit the most. Individuals who are motivated and willing to change, who see themselves as someone who is able to control the events that are happening around them, and has the capacity for introspection will get the most out of cognitive behavioural therapy. That being said, everyone is capable of change, you just have to want to and be open to trying. 

Additionally, cognitive behavioural therapy in Toronto can help with multiple conditions, such as depression or anxiety, that are contributing to substance abuse problems. Powerful, destructive all-or-nothing thoughts contribute to an individual’s feelings of powerlessness and lack of control over their addiction behaviour. Comprehensive cognitive behavioural therapy can help those who feel stuck in their way of thinking and behaviour, break these patterns.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Freedom From Addiction

Freedom From Addiction’s cognitive behavioural therapy in Toronto is designed to identify and challenge ways of thinking that lead to self-abusive thoughts and destructive behaviour. Our team of professionals help establish attainable goals and what methods work best for what individual in our program.

Gain an understanding of how past experiences can affect your feelings and beliefs, and develop a more positive way of thinking about certain situations. If you are ready for a change, Freedom From Addiction offers the support that you need.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you identify problematic thinking more clearly and lead a happier, more fulfilled life.

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