Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The Basics of CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely used, evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. By addressing the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and actions, CBT helps individuals develop healthier thinking habits and coping strategies.

The APA note that CBT is based on a number of beliefs, including the following:

• Unhelpful ways that people think can lead to psychological problems.
• If people learn unhelpful behavior, this, too, can lead to psychological issues.
• People can learn more beneficial ways of thinking and behaving.
• New habits can relieve symptoms of mental and physical conditions and allow people to act in better ways.

Applications of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is a problem-specific, goal-oriented approach that needs the individual’s active involvement to succeed. It focuses on their present-day challenges, thoughts, and behaviors. CBT is also time-limited, meaning the person knows when a course will end, and they have some idea what to expect. Often, a course will consist of 20 one-to-one sessions, but this is not always the case. This therapeutic practice can be used to address many different mental health and behavioral issues, including:

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