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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of treatment in which the therapist assists the patients in understanding the thoughts and feelings that can influence how you behave. CBT is a commonly used therapy to assist in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, such as phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety.

Generally, CBT is used as a short-term therapy and is normally focused on helping patients to deal with a very specific problem. During treatment, the therapist educates the patient how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy Basics

The underlying concept behind CBT is that our thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in our behavior. For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about plane crashes, runway accidents and other air disasters may find themselves avoiding air travel. The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to teach patients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment.

Cognitive behaviour therapy has become increasingly popular in recent years with both mental health consumers and treatment professionals. Because CBT is usually a short-term treatment option, it is often more affordable than some other therapeutic options. CBT is also empirically supported and has been shown to effectively help patients overcome a wide variety of maladaptive behaviours.