Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviour and emotions. Through CBT, these thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.
However, CBT is more than identifying and challenging thought patterns. Treatment might include gradual exposure to fears instead of avoiding them, learning how to calm your mind and relax your body, identifying goals, problem solving, self-monitoring and engaging in role-play to develop ways of dealing with interactions with others. The goal is to develop coping skills to use in difficult situations, recognize the distortions in your thinking and why they happen, and to implement alternative and more helpful patterns.