Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT for short, is a proven therapy used to treat many emotional and mental health and behavioural problems. Historically CBT has been used in successfully treating conditions such as addiction, depression, social anxiety and phobias. The Recovery Lighthouse offers a treatment program that includes many aspects of CBT theory and practice.
Cognitive behaviour therapy is based on the principle that thought patterns generate related emotional and behavioural responses. If an individual’s thinking is dysfunctional or out of perspective, then this affects feelings and emotions that are evoked in response. Many individuals suffering from addiction suffer from poor impulse control or an impulse disorder; this means that they automatically react to the feelings that are created by dysfunctional thinking. The outcome is an irrational behavioural response to an event, based on the individual’s dysfunctional thought and feeling processes. Conditions such as addiction or other self-destructive disorders manifest and develop where the individual continues to maintain his or her current faulty thought, feelings and consequent behaviour processes and fails to identify and challenge distorted or irrational belief systems.
The Recovery Lighthouse therapies are concentrated on challenging negative or dysfunctional thought processes, as this is the root cause of how the individual responds emotionally to life and to other people. By encouraging our clients to take responsibility for their own thoughts, feelings and behaviour, we are effectively encouraging them to challenge and change their current way of thinking. Many of our therapies challenge clients current belief systems and open our clients’ minds to learning, new ideas and personal growth. Addictions and other mental health conditions tend to close the individual’s mind to new ways of thinking and stop them from moving forward in life. They become painfully trapped in a negative thought, feeling and behaviour cycle. Unless the individual’s thinking changes, lessons are not learned and the same self-destructive behaviours are repeated over and over again. Therefore, for a good recovery, the client must be aided in challenging and where necessary changing their current thinking.
Counsellors at Recovery Lighthouse are professionally trained in associated cognitive behaviour models. They use their knowledge and skills as a foundation for all the work that they do with our clients. Clients are challenged to explore and provide evidence as to the validity of their current beliefs and thinking and are shown methods of successfully changing any identified faulty cognitions. Where clients are able to challenge themselves with the reality of their self-destructive thoughts, feelings and behaviours and consider the impact on others, they are far less able to maintain distorted beliefs and thought processes and are therefore more inclined to achieve a more realistic appraisal of themselves in relation to others and in regard to their addiction and or other related conditions.