Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is a cluster of techniques that involve our thinking, sensations and behaviors. It is especially useful in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, along with other psychotherapy techniques, such as talk therapy.
The "Cognitive" part of CBT involves our thoughts. For example, we may be harboring the negative thought "I'm always screwing up." Once we recognize this thought, we can work with it. If we find that this thought isn't really true, we can challenge it and find a better one.
The "Behavioral" part of CBT includes how we act. Just as thoughts can be changed, so can behaviors.
Thought is "King". So once we can identify and manage our thoughts, we can more easily manage our feelings, behaviors, and sensations.
Originally, I focused on psychodynamic talk therapy. But over time, I found that my most of my anxiety clients fared better when I added CBT. Not only is CBT a powerful addition to the therapy treatment, but it also allows and encourages us to take a more active role in our own healing process.
To your good health,