What is cognitive-behavior therapy?

January 24, 2015


Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) focuses on changing the way people think and behave to improve their mental and behavioral health.  Because experiences are comprised of thoughts, feelings, and actions, CBT psychologists work with people to alter their problematic thoughts and behaviors.  This brings about lasting and meaningful change.


CBT is not just talk.


CBT is considered “talk therapy”, but CBT is more than just talk. CBT actively changes thoughts, judgments, and behaviors in and out of the psychologist’s office.


If you chose CBT, you will set reasonable goals in collaboration with your psychologist.  You will be asked to make immediate changes in your daily life.  For example, if you’re anxious, your psychologist might guide you through some relaxation exercises, which you will also practice at home. If you’re depressed, you may plan some daily exercise or social activities.



CBT is focused on now and the future.


Of course, your personal history will be taken into consideration.  CBT will focus, however, on changing current thoughts and behaviors to forge more healthy ways of living.  The intention of CBT is to form healthier patterns. Typically, this does not require an extensive review of your past circumstances.



CBT is goal-oriented.


A CBT psychologist sets specific, achievable, and measurable goals with you from the start.  CBT is a short-term relationship with attainment of your goals as its distinct conclusion.  Once your goals have been reached, therapy will end. You will have learned a healthier and more productive way to approach life’s current and future challenges.



CBT works.


Research repeatedly and consistently shows that CBT effectively treats a wide range of problems, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and child behavior problems.


Resources: Visit ABCT.org and ABPP.org, or contact Dr. Shane Owens by clicking here.



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