What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
According to the American Psychological Association, CBT is a form of treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems. 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.
CBT is based on core principles that include the belief that psychologica are based partly on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. Treatment usually involves attempts to change thinking patterns and replace maladaptive behaviors with healthier ones.
Is CBT right for me?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help with a variety of concerns, such as:
- Anxiety disorders
- Alcohol and drug use problems
- Marital problems
- Eating disorders
- Severe mental illness
Therapists and clients work collaboratively in sessions on developing goals for treatment. CBT techniques encourage individuals to learn to be their own therapists by practicing different techniques in session, as well as “homework” assignments in between sessions. Individuals are able to develop and implement coping skills to change thinking patterns and eliminate problematic behaviors.