If you have been seeking help for yourself or your child, you’ve likely heard of cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a very popular approach people use when suffering from mental health illnesses or need support for general life challenges. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps struggling adults or children change their thought patterns and break the cycle of unhealthy habits and behaviors. 

These sessions can be done individually with a therapist or in a group setting. Both have their advantages and it’s all about what works best for you! Cognitive behavioral therapy can help children form healthier habits and coping mechanisms. Let’s learn more about what makes this method of therapy so successful! 

Why Do People Do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

There are many reasons why people choose cognitive behavioral therapy. Each individual will have their own needs and requirements for attending a session. Some of the reasons your child might need CBT include dealing with the loss of a loved one, managing a stressful friendship or relationship, dealing with mental health problems, coping with school stress, and more. 

Finding The Right Therapist

One of the most challenging yet important aspects of setting yourself up for success in cognitive behavioral therapy is finding the right therapy provider for your child. You might not find your perfect person on the first try! This can be frustrating, but don’t give up. 

You can start by getting a referral from your primary care provider, preferably someone who is in your insurance network so that you do not have to pay for the entire service out of pocket. Be sure to check the therapist’s credentials before you agree to the first meeting. See where they went to school, what qualifications they have, and try to research online and find reviews of their services from other patients. 

Preparing For Your First Appointment

It is normal for your child to be nervous or anxious before their first cognitive therapy appointment. Opening up to a stranger can be hard and feel unnatural! Before their appointment, ask your child to think about what they’d like to work on in therapy. Having a plan and goals can help facilitate the first conversation with their therapist and make the most of their session. 

Will The Therapy Sessions Be Confidential?

The short answer is yes – your therapist will be required to keep any information you share completely confidential. However, there are some circumstances in which your child’s therapist may have to break their confidentiality contract. If your child suggests that they plan to hurt themselves or someone else, their therapist may have to report this behavior. 

What Will I Get Out Of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy has numerous benefits. Many of these will be unique to the individual patient. Some benefits you will experience might be lowered stress, better cognitive function overall, healthier thought patterns, and better habits.

Trying to find the right treatment options for your child? Contact NeuroBehavioral Associates today to schedule an evaluation or to learn more about our parent resources.