Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Veterans

Psychological challenges are often rooted in unhelpful thought patterns (also known as cognition). These thought patterns can make mental health challenges even more difficult to manage, in the same way that difficult relationships can drive us toward self-doubt.

How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of “talk therapy” that emphasizes the importance of real, authentic relationships between your thoughts and feelings. CBT helps people of all ages address issues like substance use disorder, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, psychosis, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as any grief, loss or trauma you may have experienced.

In CBT, individuals identify and correct unhelpful or false core beliefs. Once you’ve changed your thought process, replacing negative self-talk with more constructive alternatives, then the emotions and behaviors can change.

CBT can be used in the treatment of a broad range of behavioral health conditions, including:

  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Chronic pain

In addition to reducing or managing unwanted symptoms, CBT can help people struggling with mental illness or addiction develop coping skills or tools to reduce unhelpful behaviors stemming from negative beliefs or emotions.

A serious young wheelchair bound military officer sits across from his unrecognizable therapist with folded hands and shares his story. He uses counseling to overcome his PTSD.
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Why is cognitive behavioral therapy effective for veterans in recovery?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been proven to help veterans with substance use disorders and PTSD. As part of a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs, CBT can help reframe the way you process thoughts. You’ll develop a better grasp on thought patterns and learn to optimize the way that thoughts become actions.

Alongside our clinically certified counselors, you’ll learn to restore relationships, refresh your sense of self-confidence and change unhelpful thought and behavioral patterns for the better.

Get Help Today

If you or someone you care about is a veteran struggling with mental health, substance use or both, you’re not alone. Recovery is possible. Reach out to Pyramid Military Therapy & Recovery today to learn more about our personalized, evidence-based treatment programs.