Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying negative emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by taking negative or irrational beliefs rationalizing if they are set in reality. CBT uses the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior, Feeling distressed, in some cases, may distort someones reality. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess if they are set in reality, and, if they are not, enact strategies to challenge and overcome them. It is considered a “solutions-oriented” form of talk therapy.

CBT is appropriate for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Evidence has mounted that CBT can address numerous conditions, such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others. CBT can be effective in a brief period of time. Research indicates that CBT can be delivered effectively through TeleMental Health, in addition to In person therapy sessions.

How Does CBT Work?

CBT is appropriate for people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. Evidence has mounted that CBT can address numerous conditions, such as major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many others. CBT is a preferred modality of therapy among practitioners and insurance companies alike as it can be effective in a brief period of time, generally 5 to 20 sessions, though there is no set timeframe. Research indicates that CBT can be delivered effectively online, in addition to face-to-face therapy sessions.

Why do we combine play and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

The way we use CBT is both traditional and original at the same time.  Conventionally speaking we are looking at the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors held by our group members and their families that are helping them or hurting them. And if they are hurting them how do we change them to be healthier. From a practitioner standpoint, we are taking a different approach with the use of games in a therapy session.

Board games, Table Top Role Playing Games (TTRPGs), and narrative storytelling games aren’t just for building rapport, we use them as a tool for behavioral rehearsal, role modeling, teaching cause and effect, consequences for one’s actions, reality and fact-checking.

We do not change traditional board games and make them therapeutic; we look for the therapeutic qualities already present in those games and use each game as a teachable moment for our groups.

Services we provide that implement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Individual Therapy

Skill Focused Board Game Therapy

Therapeutic Role-playing Game Groups

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