Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a structured, goal-oriented type of psychotherapy (talk therapy).
Mental health professionals, including psychologists, therapists, and counsellors, use it to treat or manage mental health conditions and emotional concerns. It’s one of the most common and best-studied forms of psychotherapy.
CBT is largely based on the idea that your thoughts, emotions, and actions are connected. In other words, the way you think and feel about something can affect what you do.
If you’re under a lot of stress at work, for example, you might see situations differently and make choices you wouldn’t ordinarily make. But another key concept of CBT is that these thought and behaviour patterns can be changed.
Typical treatment often involves the following:
- Recognizing how inaccurate thinking can worsen problems
- Learning new problem-solving skills
- Gaining confidence and a better understanding and appreciation of your self-worth
- Learning how to face fears and challenges
- Using role play and calming techniques when faced with a potentially challenging situation
CBT is one of the most studied therapy approaches. Many experts consider it to be the best treatment available for several mental health conditions.
CBT can help with relationship difficulties, breakup or divorce, and serious health diagnoses, such as cancer, grief or loss, chronic pain, low self-esteem, insomnia, and general life stress. It is also useful to treat some of the most common mental health diagnoses like eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), etc…
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