Northern NJ CBT specializes in the utilization of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of a wide array of diagnoses. CBT has, over the years, been expanded and refined in order to tailor treatment to the precise conditions being presented in therapy. Below you can read about each form of CBT that we implement with our clients.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
To start with, what is CBT? CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is the most well-researched form of psychotherapy for many mental health conditions, and in some cases is the only form of therapy with an evidence base. It is often considered the gold standard against which other forms of therapy are measured. CBT is a structured form of treatment in which clients and clinicians work collaboratively to help identify the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping the client from leading a healthy, effective life, and to change these unhelpful patterns. CBT in its various forms has been proven efficacious for Anxiety Disorders; Phobias; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; and Tic Disorders, among others.
Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure and Response Prevention is a form of CBT designed for individuals who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and used for individuals struggling with phobias as well. Clients are repeatedly exposed to the cues that tend to trigger anxiety or obsessive thoughts while learning not to engage in their compulsive behaviors. As clients confront the anxiety-provoking situations, and their emotional responses naturally peak and subside, they learn that these stimuli are actually safe and obsessive rituals are not necessary.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy melds classic CBT with mindfulness to produce a compelling form of therapy belonging to a category known as "third wave CBT." In ACT, clients are encouraged to let go of attempts to control thoughts and feelings and instead to accept them. Clients then work with the therapist to clarify their personal values and to shape lives that are congruent with, and furthering of, these values. ACT has been proven efficacious for Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, among other diagnoses.
Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Inference-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is unique in that it is designed to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder without relying on exposures. Instead, I-CBT focuses on the faulty reasoning that engender obsessions. Clients are educated on the process by which distorted doubts produce obsessions, and are encouraged to instead rely on their senses to form new narratives that are more in line with reality.
Behavior Management Training is an umbrella term for interventions based on applied behavior analysis and utilized to help create lasting change in children with a host of disruptive behaviors. The adults most involved in that child's life, usually parents and teachers, are directed in learning and applying new skills, strategies, and structures that positively reshape the learned behaviors of these children.
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics
A form of behavioral therapy, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics is designed specifically for individuals diagnosed with tic disorders such as Tourette Syndrome. In CBIT, clients increase awareness of their tics and the urges presaging the tics, and learn and apply competing responses to these urges in order to prevent engagement in the tic.