Therapy GroupsCognitive Behavior Therapy Groups

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that aims to reduce psychological distress and maladaptive behaviors by altering cognitive processes. CBT is based on the underlying assumption that affect and behavior are largely a product of cognitions and, as such, cognitive and behavioral interventions can bring about changes in thinking, feeling, and behavior.  There is a growing body of research supporting the effectiveness of CBT with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Cognitive behavior therapy groups are time-limited, psycho-educational groups that provide children and adolescents a foundation in using these skills.  The core components of the program are:

  • Monitoring of thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior
  • Psycho-education and problem formulation
  • Identification, challenging, and testing cognitions
  • Developing new cognitive skills
  • Learning alternative ways to manage anxiety or unpleasant¬†emotions
  • Learning new behaviors
  • Target setting and home-based practice assignments
  • Positive self-reinforcement

Parents are a key component of the program and learn the same skills so that they can be practiced and reinforced in the home.