What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a mode of therapy that focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By challenging certain patterns of thoughts that tend to lead to maladaptive behaviors, clients begin to develop new ways of approaching how they relate to themselves, others, and the environment.
In addition to working on what thoughts lead to negative behaviors, clinicians with expertise in CBT also focus on the behaviors themselves and how to best modify them when they are presented. Through CBT, clients gain a strong set of coping tools to handle and adjust problematic beliefs, thoughts, emotions and behaviors.
People who seek CBT can expect a very problem-focused and goal-directed type of therapy. On occasion, it is combined with other types of treatment for the most effective results. Because of the active nature of CBT, sometimes homework or skill practice is suggested outside of therapy sessions.