What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a structured form of psychotherapy. Originally used to treat depression, CBT has since been adapted for treatment of other mental illnesses including eating disorders and anxiety disorders among others. CBT focuses on solving current problems by changing unhelpful thinking styles and behavior. It is delivered in a structured format that includes structured lessons personalized to the client, and homework designed to ensure that lessons are being applied to every-day life. 

What can CBT be used for?

CBT can be used to treat anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and certain eating disorders. In fact, CBT has been proven to be the most effective treatment for these issues. In studies comparing CBT to other types of therapy, CBT has yielded better or equal results. 

CBT can be used to find concrete solutions to everyday problems and can result in a more rapid reduction in symptoms than other forms of therapy. CBT can also be applied with therapy focused on self-reflection and building insight for a rich therapeutic experience that addresses immediate symptoms while focusing on meaningful life changes. 

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