What is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is a type of psychological therapy that aims to help individuals change their negative thought patterns and behaviors to improve their mental health and well-being.

CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and that negative thoughts and behaviors can contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The therapy aims to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors, replacing them with more positive and adaptive ones.

In CBT, individuals work collaboratively with a therapist to set goals and develop strategies to change their negative thought patterns and behaviors. The therapist helps the individual identify and challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, encouraging them to look for evidence that supports or contradicts their negative beliefs. The individual is then encouraged to replace negative thoughts and behaviors with more positive and adaptive ones through exercises such as journaling, role-playing, and behavioral experiments.

CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a range of mental health issues, including anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and eating disorders, among others.

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