Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It supports the idea that your thoughts and beliefs can influence your emotions and behaviors, and that by changing those thoughts and beliefs, you can change your emotions and behavioral response.
Typically, CBT involves working with a therapist to identify and change negative or distorted thought patterns, as well as developing coping skills and strategies for dealing with difficult emotions and situations. It is a goal-oriented therapy that aims to help people overcome specific problems or challenges, such as anxiety, depression, or addiction.
CBT can help to identify and change negative or distorted thoughts patterns, as well as developing copings skills and strategies to deal with difficult situations. It has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.
Indeed, CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed actually produce change. In this manner, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment. The therapist may also teach the client relaxation techniques or other skills to help manage stress and anxiety.
CBT is based on several core principles, including:
There are many other approaches to psychotherapy besides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some of the more common types of therapy include:
There are many other treatment approaches, and the best approach for an individual will depend on their specific needs and goals. It is important to work with a mental health professional to determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your specific needs.