Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT Explained | BetterHelp

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a goal-oriented form of therapy that commonly addresses depression, anxiety and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). A therapist helps a person learn what behavior is holding them back, works with their client to identify negative thoughts and teaches them how to reframe them, so they have a better self-image and healthier relationships with friends and loved ones.

CBT focuses on problem-solving and clients create what’s called “thought records.” These worksheets help the person see how their mind is clouding their ability to view matters logically. When a person assumes that their loved one “hates them” for example, that falls into what is called a “cognitive distortion.”

Working with a CBT therapist helps a client to learn techniques that they can take away and use in everyday life. That’s why CBT is not a long-term treatment but instead takes place over a couple of months. After completing therapy, the person is equipped to manage their negative thoughts independently. They know how to notice them, analyze their validity, and reframe them from negative to a more balanced perspective.

If you’re struggling with chronic negative thinking, CBT can work for you. It’s time to find a therapist trained in this type of therapy and begin to feel better now.

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