What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT helps clients change unhelpful thinking and behavior, and this may lead to enduring improvement in mood and functioning.
CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, with problem-solving approaches borrowed from many psychotherapeutic modalities. These include dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), gestalt therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing.
CBT concepts include:
- Cognitive formulation – the beliefs and behavioral problems that characterize a specific disorder
- Conceptualization – understanding individual clients and their specific beliefs or patterns of behaviorCognitive model – the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself
- Automatic thoughts – ideas that seem to pop up in your mind