What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a behavioral model that gained popularity in the 1970’s as an effective (research based) treatment for anxiety, depression and phobias. CBT's popularity was enhanced by the idea that treatment could be short in duration with impressive results. The basis of the CBT model is that our thoughts affect how we feel and how we feel affects our behaviors.

Typically in CBT therapy a therapist will help the client identify beliefs that contribute to distress and ineffective behaviors. Eventually this results in more insight and the client can begin to recognize when new skills need to be used. The client has homework and is expected to practice new skills and report back or do some journaling or relaxation exercises.

(see resources section for more information on CBT)


Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;

It is something you design for the present.


–Jim Rohn

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