What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy used to help treat many mental health disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy concentrates on patterns of abnormal thinking and distorted beliefs that are the underlying causes for irrational emotions and thought patterns that can lead to mental illness and addiction.
This key concept for this type of therapy approach is the idea that thoughts and feelings are directly related to behavior. Therefore, gaining control of one’s thoughts and emotions can better dictate behavior. Negative thoughts are often ingrained in us since early childhood and, over time, they become automatic, resulting in dysfunctional behaviors.