Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of mental health counseling where an individual works with a mental health counselor in a structured problem-focused and action-oriented way. The counselor assists the individual in selecting and practicing specific strategies to help address identified problems, which help diminish unhelpful behavior and thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy increases an individual’s personal awareness of inaccurate or negative thinking patterns and actions, so that challenging situations can be dealt with in a more effectively.
CBT provides individuals with useful tools to self-manage the symptoms of their mental illness by strengthening their coping skills to help deal with stressful life situations; and identifying ways to manage emotions, cope with grief, mitigate emotional trauma, and manage chronic physical symptoms. When working in partnership an individual and his/her therapist may choose to explore trials of reducing or eliminating medications if CBT results are positive.
CBT is effective for a variety of conditions and disorders, including but not limited to mood, anxiety, personality, eating, addiction-related disorders.
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