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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)


conversationCognitive behavioral therapy is a relatively short-term solution-focused psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety, anger, marital conflict, fears, and substance abuse/dependence. The focus of therapy is on how you are thinking (your "cognitions"), behaving, and communicating today.

When you begin cognitive-behavioral therapy, your therapist will ask you to fill out several self-report forms that assess a range of symptoms and problems. The purpose of this evaluation is to gather as much information as possible so that you and your therapist can collaborate on establishing your individualized plan for treatment. This plan includes specific treatment goals, therapeutic interventions, skill development, frequency of appointments, and activity steps to achieve your goals.

Cognitive therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in over three hundred clinical trials for many different disorders. It is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem solving oriented. Indeed, much of what the client does is solve current problems. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.

Call the Institute for Cognitive Therapy at (801) 802-8608.