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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a relatively short-term therapy that has received consistent empirical support as an evidence-based treatment to address a wide range of psychological difficulties.  CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Clients learn how to recognize errors in thinking and are taught to develop more adaptive and rational thoughts and learn specific coping skills that will positively influence their thoughts and feelings to address specific symptoms. 


CBT is collaborative in nature and the treatment plan is tailored to each individual client's goals and needs. Sessions are structured and practice or "homework" is given at the end of every session to ensure the client can apply the techniques and strategies outside of the therapy session. The goal is for the client to eventually become his or her own "coach" and be able to address symptoms independently. 




Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies


Anxiety and Depression Association of America


International OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Foundation


International Tourette Syndrome Association


Trichotillomania Learning Center




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