TEAM-CBT | Types of Therapy — Zencare


You may be familiar with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a therapy modality that is popularly used to decrease the occurrence of negative thought patterns or unhealthy habits. TEAM-CBT is a systematic way of looking at CBT practices, ensuring that the client gets the best treatment they can to help with their symptoms.

What is TEAM-CBT?

The “TEAM” is an acronym describing a way for therapists to approach their CBT treatments with clients. It asks the therapist to take a step back and ask: Is what I’m doing helping my client? How can I adjust my treatment so that I can better help my client? It’s an analytical tool for therapists that alters the CBT treatment slightly for the benefit of the client.

TEAM-CBT stands for:

What happens in a TEAM-CBT session?

Sessions that incorporate the TEAM-CBT approach will look very similar to regular CBT sessions. The therapist and client will discuss the week’s thoughts and feelings, connecting the dots between how they influence each other and the client’s actions.

However, the main changes that a client will notice is the incorporation of assessments or questionnaires. These may happen at the beginning, end, or both beginning and end of a session. Clients may rate their positive and negative feelings. They might describe how they feel about their therapist, including how strongly aligned they feel. These measurements give both the client and the therapist an idea of the progress that sessions bring for the client. If needed, TEAM-CBT therapists can adjust their treatment.

What can TEAM-CBT help with?

Just like CBT, TEAM-CBT is helpful at treating:

Other therapeutic modalities might also benefit from the “TEAM” approach, so this system of analyzing treatment can be adapted for other types of therapy. It’s best to find a therapist who is certified or trained in TEAM-CBT, as they will have the experience needed to offer TEAM-CBT that is most beneficial for the client.