CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Addict in recovery and therapist in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy session

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective form of therapy used to help treat depression, anxiety, mood disorders and addiction. The goal of CBT is to change the thinking patterns which create negative feelings which lead to unhealthy behavior. CBT aims to focus on how one’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes directly correlate with one’s behavior. CBT is based on the belief that it is not the events in life that people respond to, but rather the meaning people place on those events that creates the response. Unfortunately, many people have spent their entire lives responding to life’s events based on their perceived “truth” rather than on the real truth. CBT helps individuals increase insight into their negative thinking patterns which lead to negative emotions. As part of the CBT work, individuals learn how to change their maladaptive thinking patterns into more adaptive ones.

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