Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an action-oriented form of psychosocial therapy that assumes that maladaptive, or faulty, thinking patterns cause maladaptive behavior and “negative” emotions. (Maladaptive behavior is behavior that is counter-productive or interferes with everyday living.) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment focuses on changing an individual’s thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change his or her behavior and emotional state.

The study claims that the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be attributed to:

  • It directly addresses overvaluation of body shape and weight, dietary restriction, and sensitivity to stressors.
  • Uses patient specific treatment within a general framework.
  • Provides a credible account of the patient’s problem and provides feedback of the changes that need to be made to overcome their eating disorder.
  • Uses self-monitoring analysis of the processes that maintain the patient’s eating disorder.
  • Help patients learn to identify and correct relapse threats.

The authors concluded that the study, “provides one of the clearest examples of the superiority of one well-implemented psychological treatment over another.” They also claimed that the study supports the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as “the evidence-based treatment of choice for bulimia nervosa.”

The Meadows Ranch effectively utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other treatments in our world-reknowned eating disorder treatment program. For more information on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy click here. For additional information about the treatment of eating disorders, please call to speak to a Counselor at 866-390-5100 and we will contact you with the information you need.