What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

April 5, 2017

 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.* 

 

The theory is based on “thoughts” lead to “feelings” which lead to “behaviors.”  A therapist will work with you to identify your negative thoughts and work on replacing these thoughts with more positive ideas.  The goal is for you to experience more positive thoughts which lead to more positive feelings and to more positive behaviors.  

 

CBT is used to treat depression, anxiety, grief, addiction, phobias and many other mental illnesses.  CBT has been tested and there is empirical evidence of the effectiveness of this therapy.  If you think you can benefit from CBT, please reach out for an appointment.  

 

                                       

                                                                        *Source - Psychology Today

 

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