Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective in Combating the Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a psychotherapy method widely used to treat mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, is effective for many people who need help. However, there are many people with mental disorders who have yet to benefit from this treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is specifically designed to assist people with little or no prior experience with psychological therapy in modifying their behaviors. Through a therapist guided self-help process, Healing Point clients are able to focus on the problems which are challenging them currently, without being weighed down by past traumas or stressful situations. While CBT may seem a little intimidating to some, many psychologists and other mental health care professionals have discovered that the process of cognitive restructuring lends itself nicely to clients coming from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Call Hopeful Heart Counseling, LLC at (813) 547-3371 for your Free Consultation with our Tampa Trauma Recovery Counseling experts!

 

Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of professionals who claim to offer cognitive behavioral therapy; however, there is only one (OTSC) certified therapy provider in Tampa FL. Dr. Miguel Delgado has been certified by the American Psychological Association since 1990. In this time frame, he has helped thousands of people suffering from a variety of mental health issues including addiction. One of the most important goals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to help clients change their perceptions about certain issues so that they can begin to gain more control over their lives. For example, if someone believes they are a helpless victim of circumstance, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help them realize that they have the ability to take control and alter their perception of the situation at hand.

 

While there are many benefits associated with cognitive behavioral therapy, there are also a few negative side effects which are to be expected. In order for anyone to reap the full benefits of CBT, a specific treatment plan involving both therapy and medication must be implemented. When choosing a therapist to implement your treatment plan, it is important to make sure they are board certified in addition to having a specialized area of expertise in the field of mental health.

 

The primary goal of OCS is to provide relief from both psychological and physical symptoms resulting from addiction. However, for some clients, that goal may not be met with the desired results. Because the effects of addiction are not always immediately obvious, traditional psychotherapy and medications often do not adequately address the underlying cause of the problem. In these instances, cognitive behavioral therapy can be used as an adjunct to standard addiction treatment. While these sessions do not address the specific chemical imbalances which cause addictive behaviors, they do provide valuable information on how to effectively manage emotional and physical stressors which can lead to further compulsive behavior.

 

A second benefit of CBT is that it can help individuals reduce their isolation. Many who suffer from mental health issues often maintain a feeling of self-worth and confidence when they are surrounded by people. This is especially true when those individuals are surrounded by friends, colleagues, and family who can empathize with their situation and share their experiences with them. However, when a person continues to live with their inner struggles, they become more isolated. Forcing a client to open up to a group or therapy session only to find that they have regressed back to their old habits is not only ineffective; it is also emotionally damaging to the client.

 

While substance use disorder is a disease which causes distortions in thinking and behavior, there are a number of mental disorders which co-occur with substance use disorder such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These conditions often develop after a significant life event such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, job loss or change in employment. When individuals are suffering from any of these three mental disorders, they are at increased risk for developing depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. In addition, studies show that those with depression are three times more likely to develop PTSD after suffering an traumatic event. For these reasons, cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for individuals who suffer from co-occurring mental disorders.