What is Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

What is Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)? Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment that is based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected and influence each other. The therapy aims to help individuals identify negative thought patterns and beliefs, and to learn new, more positive ways of thinking and responding to situations.

CBT typically involves a structured, short-term approach that is focused on specific goals and outcomes. During therapy sessions, individuals work with a trained therapist to identify unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to emotional distress and/or mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

CBT also includes various techniques and strategies that can help individuals change these negative patterns and behaviors, including cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, exposure therapy, and relaxation techniques. Through these techniques, individuals can learn to better manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and improve their overall well-being. CBT is a widely researched and evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be effective for a range of mental health problems.

Shervan K Shahhian

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