Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a general term for a structured form of therapy, performed over a set number of sessions by a specially trained therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. CBT explores the fundamental relationships between thoughts and their resultant behaviors, helping to identify nonproductive or dysfunctional ways of thinking and replace them with more effective or constructive approaches to difficult situations, whether for anxiety, depression, or rage. CBT is a “problem-focused”, “action-oriented” technique, which essentially means that CBT seeks to ameliorate specific problems, with therapist and patient working together in a focused manner to identify and address those problems. CBT has an excellent reputation as one of the most highly successful forms of treatment for anxiety, and many mental health professionals are trained in CBT techniques.

Further Reading About Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:

The Mayo Clinic:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cognitive-behavioral-therapy/basics/definition/prc-20013594

The National Association for Mental Illness:

http://www.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Mental_Illness/About_Treatments_and_Supports/Cognitive_Behavioral_Therapy1.htm

The National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists:

http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm

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