What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method of treatment that is used to effectively address a wide range of mental health concerns. CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy that aims to improve mental health functioning by challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs (cognitive distortions). It helps the client change unhelpful patterns of behavior and improve emotion regulation and coping skills. CBT also allows clients to recognize their cycles of thought, feeling, and behavior to notice maladaptive patterns and initiate change. CBT is different from traditional talk therapy in that it is problem-focused and action-oriented and less time is spent delving into the client’s past or the therapist’s interpretations.