Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that aims to help individuals change negative or dysfunctional thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and phobias. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and that changing one of these can lead to changes in the others.
In CBT, a therapist works with a client to identify and challenge negative or irrational thoughts and beliefs, and to develop more positive and realistic ones. The therapist also helps the client to learn new coping skills and behaviors, such as relaxation techniques and problem-solving strategies, that can help them manage their symptoms more effectively.
CBT is typically a short-term, goal-oriented therapy that can be used to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and eating disorders. CBT has been extensively researched and has been found to be an effective treatment for many mental health conditions. It can be used alone or in combination with medication or other therapies, depending on the individual’s needs.
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