Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a classic talk therapy technique that helps increase awareness of negative thinking in order to better handle challenging situations. In addition to helping those with mental health disorders (such as anxiety or depression), CBT is also helpful for anyone who is looking to learn how to manage stressful situations. Therapists that use CBT often have a structured program, which involves a set number of sessions. CBT is frequently paired with other treatments, such as medication, when necessary. Think this approach may be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s CBT experts today.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. (Wikipedia)

— Jessica VerBout, Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnetonka, MN

Your behaviors with food and your body image tell a story. We can use this story to better understand what is going on underneath your relationship with food and body image. We help you change your behaviors so you can have more availability to work on the underlying emotions. In turn, this helps you let go of needing the eating disorder/body image to help you cope.

— Food Is Not The Enemy Eating Disorder Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

CBT helps us restructure our automatic thoughts in an effective way. I liken it to creating new "hiking trails" in our brain. At first it can be hard to find the new way of thinking, however with repeated use and understanding of why we have the new trail, it can get easier and easier. Over time, the old thought patters (trails) start to disappear. Our thoughts effect our emotions, which in turn effects our behaviors. Learning to have more adaptive thoughts can make a huge difference.

— Katherine Boelts, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mission Viejo, CA 92691, CA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of my favorite techniques, and it's something I use often, depending on who I am working with. There is a great deal of research behind this being an effective intervention for clients who are struggling with many things, including anxiety, lower self-esteem, and even past traumatic experiences. I have been trained in Beck's approach to CBT as well as Ellis' approach to REBT.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boise, ID

CBT promotes change through learning to modify dysfunctional thinking patterns. Clients explore patterns of thinking and beliefs that lead to self-destructive behaviors. Once an individual understands the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, the individual is able to modify or change existing patterns of thinking to cope with stressors in a more positive manner. This treatment approach focuses on automatic thoughts, schemas, assumptions, beliefs.

— Sarah Escalante, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Newport Beach, CA

Retraining the client to use cognitive behavior techniques is an awesome process. With practice it becomes second nature offering a new way to handle old problems.

— Maureen Del Giacco, Creative Art Therapist in Colonie, NY

I feel the use of CBT therapy have the ability to restructure one's thought process and perspective. Often individuals become accustomed to seeing life from a predetermined view point, but with the use of CBT, my clients are encouraged to look at the same issue from a different view.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

In a nutshell, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy where you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. Basically, you learn how to challenge malformed or negative thoughts so they no longer bother you. I used this therapy myself and know it to be very effective.

— Kenneth Nelan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Mequon, WI

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the patient in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying their thinking. The therapist then helps the patient modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and patient, and often calls for homework assignments.

— Edgard Francisco Danielsen, Psychoanalyst in New York, NY

I use CBT in Art Therapy and Sex Therapy sessions. Empowering individuals to choose their thoughts and feelings helps them to take responsibility for their happiness and move the therapeutic process forward.

— Marie Ragona, Creative Art Therapist in Astoria, NY

The way that you think, relates to the way that you feel, relates to the way that you act, relates to the way that you think, relates to the way that you feel, relates to the way that you act...Your thoughts, feelings, and emotions are always related. As specialist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I will help you learn to process and express your feelings, increase awareness and adaptability of your thoughts, and act with intentionality.

— Kevin Boyd, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Monica, CA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will help you learn to recognize your negative thinking patterns that are creating problems, and then to reconstruct them against reality. We’ll use problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations. CBT treatment can involve efforts to change behavioral patterns.

— Ashley Dunn, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in RALEIGH, NC

In CBT, we look at how our thoughts, feelings, reactions, and behaviors are all interconnected. By being able to identify how each of these interplay, we can better work together to find alternative patterns that - rather than result in anxiety, fearfulness, depression, etc. - can alleviate these symptoms and help you not only identify triggers but provide yourself alternative/healthier coping mechanisms.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

CBT is breaking down events in order to understand how cognitive distortions can have a negative effect on our emotions and actions. Learning how to rationalize our thoughts in the moment can have a positive effect on the emotions we experience and our behavior.

— Kellie A. Ebberup-Krug, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

What you think as you go through your day affects how you feel. When you feel better, you act better. The way you behave contributes to how you feel. CBT is empowering. We'll look at the interaction of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we examine your Core Beliefs- about yourself, your life, and your future, you will gain the power to change how you think about every situation you are in, and you can think, feel, and act more effectively.

— Kathryn Gates, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

CBT is an active approach that challenges unhelpful thoughts and behaviors while encouraging change through managing emotions, learning positive ways to cope, and using problem solving to pragmatically deal with mental health symptoms. It utilizes worksheets and homework assignments to help gain a better understanding of symptoms and the thought process around them.

— Jacqueline 'Jackie' Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,