Tag Archives: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Shame and Addiction: The Heart of What Ails Us

Kennedy’s mother had left her when she was only a baby, and she’d never known her father. It was her grandmother who’d raised her, and as a little girl she’d clung to her. Her grandmother was a stout woman who always wore pink. She loved to garden and had a religious air about her. She […]

Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Gambling Addicts

People diagnosed with gambling disorder have an addiction to participating in one or more types of gambling activity. Specialists commonly refer to this non-substance-related condition as a form of behavioral addiction. In a study published in April 2014 in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto investigated the […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treats PTSD Effectively

The treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging, given its varied symptoms and that it can appear in combination with other disorders, such as anxiety or depression. Common symptoms appearing with PTSD can include flashbacks, insomnia, difficulty focusing and other symptoms commonly associated with anxiety or depression. A recent study showed that cognitive […]

An Interview with Lauren Herman, Primary Therapist

Growing up in Ohio, Lauren Herman had plans to become an elementary school teacher. She moved to Nashville to earn her master’s degree from Vanderbilt, but quickly discovered that her real passion was understanding the psychology behind the children and families she was working with.

Breaking the Pattern of Love Addiction

The most commonly occurring love addicts are people who become habitually obsessed with the impossible idea of a perfect lover or companion, and remain desperately attached after a relationship begins. These love addicts may be referred to as “typical love addicts,” “obsessed love addicts,” or “codependent love addicts” and are driven by an unconscious motivation […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a relatively new psychotherapeutic weapon for counselors to aim at eating disorders. CBT has been around for a number of years, but its effectiveness at meeting the tremendous challenges eating disorders present has only recently been recognized. In relatively short order, CBT has become the gold standard treatment for […]

The Powerful Role of Cognitive Thinking Errors in Addiction

How we look at events or situations plays a significant role in how we feel and behave. This is particularly true when it comes to alcohol and drug addiction. Consider the last time you got angry: Your negative feelings were likely triggered by a thought – e.g. "That driver shouldn’t have cut me off!" This […]

Couples Therapy for PTSD

The tumultuous symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) flow into the world of the victim and the lives of the loved ones around. Seeing a loved one suffer, watching a loved one change, and trying to re-identify with a friend and lover known once-upon-a-time is mentally and physically exhausting. Couples need their own specific therapy […]

Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the process of identifying negative, irrational thought patterns which in turn influence a person’s behavior. Unhealthy thought patterns always play a role in the development of an addiction, regardless of whether it’s to drugs, alcohol, gambling, tobacco, or pornography. By breaking the cycle of negative thinking, therapists can help […]

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Effective For Victims of War

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been a useful tool in treating many types of mental illnesses. It is widely used to treat substance abuse and addiction, as well as eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. The technique aids many patients in recovery by helping them evaluate how their beliefs and thoughts affect how they feel.