Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a focused, problem-solving psychotherapy. Over 375 outcome studies show that it is highly effective in treating many mental health problems such as:
Studies also show cognitive therapy to be an effective means for treating physical conditions such as:
Cognitive therapy works because our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are tightly related and feed into one another. For instance, if you hear bad news in the morning, you naturally develop a range of negative thoughts and feelings that affect your behavior in the short run. This process is normal, however; for some individuals, negative thoughts, unpleasant emotions, and destructive behaviors continue to spin out of control. In this case, CBT can be beneficial, needed, and justified. Further, in some cases, you may be having a wonderful day, yet unpleasant emotions surface, and a run of negative thoughts and destructive behaviors take over and paralyze you. Again, CBT can help you to take control and be in charge of the triangular relationship of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
CBT is an effective intervention that addresses a range of disorders. Below is a list of these disorders along with the distorted beliefs, emotions, and destructive behaviors that accompany them:
Nobody loves or cares about me
Seek comfort through continued substance use
I'm incompetent & the world is unsafe
Avoid similar events, overreact to events
I'm a burden on others & I'm worthless
Isolate & disengage
Someone will make fun of me
Avoid people and groups, dread contact
Something bad will happen
Constantly check for bad news and prepare to deal with it