Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapeutic treatment that helps clients understand how thoughts and feelings influence behaviors.
CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response.
CBT can be a helpful therapeutic approach to a variety of mental health concerns, such as but not limited to:
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance dependency
- Persistent pain
- Sexual issues
- Anger management issues
Some CBT techniques are:
- Challenging beliefs
- Social, physical and thinking exercises