Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment for various mental health conditions, including anxiety, addiction, depression and more. Continue reading to learn more information about this treatment at The Sanctuary. Ready to join us? Call us at (866) 750-0763 to speak with a counselor!
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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
After being developed in the mid-20th century, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was used to concentrate on an individual’s thoughts and behaviors. It was originally based on the idea that emotions play a critical role in a person’s behaviors toward themselves and the world around them. CBT follows the belief that people can relearn how to effectively cope with negative thoughts and behaviors, overall relieving a patient’s symptoms.
CBT can help do this by changing one’s thinking or behavioral patterns. A CBT therapist might help the client discover the root of the problem and reevaluate it in light of reality. They may also role-play with the client to allow them to practice using coping mechanisms in potentially complex interactions.
Overall, CBT has core principles that follow the idea that psychological problems are based on:
- Developed unhelpful behavior patterns
- Destructive ways of thinking
- A combination of both