Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.
Psychological problems are based, in part on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking, or learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.
CBT strategies include learning to recognize one's distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and then to reevaluate them in light of reality. CBT helps you gain a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others. CBT will also help you to use problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations and learn how to develop a greater sense of confidence in your own abilities.
CBT helps you face your fears instead of avoiding them. CBT can use role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with other and help you learn how to calm your mind and relax your body.
Not all of these CBT strategies are needed for all clients. We will work together to understand the issue and develop a treatment strategy.
Find out more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at APA.org