Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that aims to influence dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure.
CBT has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for a variety of clinical and non-clinical problems including:
- mood disorders (such as depression),
- anxiety disorders,
- personality disorders,
- eating disorders,
- substance abuse disorders, and
- psychotic disorders.
In CBT, the first objective is to identify and monitor thoughts, assumptions, beliefs and behaviors that are related to negative emotions. The second objective is to identify those which are dysfunctional, inaccurate, or simply unhelpful. This is done in an effort to replace them with more realistic and useful thoughts and actions.