Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

cognitive behavioral therapyAlbert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is among the most influential psychologists, and has profoundly impacted the treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. His psychological theory is an important contributor to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Ellis asserted that one’s beliefs strongly impact emotional functioning, which in turn directs behaviors. Specifically, he believed that irrational beliefs lead to negative emotions, which then lead to self-defeating behaviors. He focused on several common irrational beliefs or cognitive distortions that lead to emotional dysfunction and maladaptive behaviors and emphasized the importance of disputing these irrational beliefs through a variety of practical applications.

The tools laid out by REBT, to dispute irrational beliefs and thereby increase positive mood and decrease unwanted behaviors, have been especially impactful when treating addiction and co-occurring disorders. This treatment approach is highly intuitive and accessible to most individuals. It is especially useful because it provides simple understandable rationale for emotion and behavior along with solution focused coping mechanisms that one can apply to disrupt unhealthy modalities of thinking, feeling, and behaving, which is the root of most psychological, behavioral, and emotional problems.

This model is well researched, evidence-based, widely accessible, and can be applied to a vast range of psychological problems, which makes it especially useful. It can be easily and intuitively understood, thereby allowing what may have once seemed to be an insurmountable and complex issue to become something more manageable and treatable.

Marie Tueller, MEd, LPC

Benefits of Residential AddictionTreatment

You cannot heal in the same environment that made you sick. This is the philosophy behind our residential addiction treatment program. At Canyon Crossing, women learn to live life on life’s terms while staying in a safe, substance-free setting. This gives our clients the space and peace needed for lasting recovery.
Our residential program combines high-accountability sober living arrangements with first-rate clinical care. While staying in our homes, clients participate in process groups, one-on-one counseling sessions, and hands-on learning opportunities. They also receive ongoing training; in these meetings, life skills like financial management and conflict resolution are imparted. All of this happens with 24/7 encouragement, guidance, and supervision from our clinical team.
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