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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought of as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change the patterns of people’s thinking or behavior that are the root of their difficulties and thus change the way they feel. CBT helps treat a range of issues: sleeping difficulties, relationship problems, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, etc. It works by altering attitudes and behavior by focusing on a person’s thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to how a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.

An important advantage of CBT is that it tends to be short, taking five to ten months to remedy most emotional problems. Clients attend one session per week with each session lasting approximately 45-50 minutes. During this time, the client and therapist work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles that they can apply when needed, and that will last them a lifetime.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be thought of as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioral therapy. Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning people place on things and how thinking patterns begin during childhood. Behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behavior, and our thoughts. Most psychotherapists who practice CBT customize the therapy to each patient’s specific needs and personality.

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