CBT For Weight Loss

The behavior modification component of our program is rooted in evidence-based cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness training.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy? Show More Show Less

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, also commonly referred to as CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the interconnectedness of a participant’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviors. CBT provides a structured framework for exploring and understanding the ways that thought patterns influence behavior patterns.

One of the many benefits of CBT is that it is a goal-based process that focuses on specific challenges that the patient is currently experiencing. Therapists who practice CBT work in collaboration with participants to identify both short- and long-term goals and then employ strategies that will help the participant to achieve those goals. Some of these goals may be achieved during the time that the participant is at Structure House, while other goals may continue to be pursued when the client is at home.

One of the key concepts of CBT is active participation. CBT therapists take an active role in helping participants identify and achieve their goals, while the participants are expected to actively engage with the process by participating in a variety of educational activities, including completing homework assignments between sessions. 

How CBT is Effective in Treating Those Battling a Weight Concern Show More Show Less

As a person-focused, goal-oriented approach that concentrates on eliminating self-defeating thought processes, Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be an excellent component of an effective obesity treatment program. Achieving and maintaining significant weight loss usually involves much more than merely adjusting one’s diet and exercise habits. In most cases, people who have had severe problems with healthy weight management need to re-evaluate and better understand and then manage their relationship with food, and CBT can be a tremendous tool for achieving this objective. 

Examples of the Benefits of CBT in Obesity Treatment include Show More Show Less

  • Identifying and addressing the ways in which negative thought patterns can contribute to self-defeating behaviors in order to limit self-sabotage
  • Focusing on setting and achieving short- and long-term goals for cultivating motivation, inspiration and gentle accountability for consistency practicing healthier behaviors
  • Improving participants’ abilities to cope with stress in healthy, productive ways, and reducing the risk that they will turn to unhealthy eating habits as a way of dealing with life’s inevitable pressures and frustrations
  • Requiring participants to play an active role in their own therapy, in order to help them overcome feelings of passive victimization or powerlessness in the face of weight-related issues and/or weight stigma
  • Establishing a strong collaborative alliance between participant and therapist for demonstrating the value of receiving feedback and support from trusted sources – an essential element of any long-term recovery plan 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is neither a magic bullet nor an infallible technique. However, it can be a vital component of a comprehensive plan for identifying and addressing the complex issues that may be contributing to a participant’s weight and/or health-related concerns. The skills that are developed via CBT and the strategies that are employed throughout the process can play an invaluable role in the effort to overcome the internal and external obstacles that have previously prevented someone from achieving his or her goals.

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