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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Children


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of mental health therapy. It is used to help your child create more realistic, appropriate thoughts about himself and his behaviors. CBT is short term therapy that may last up to 20 sessions. Your child may work individually with a mental health provider. CBT may also be done with a group of children that have similar disorders. CBT may be combined with medicines that help treat your child's disorder.


Help your child with his CBT homework:

Homework assignments between sessions will help him apply what he has learned. Remind your child to keep a journal.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Help your child follow his treatment plan and attend scheduled CBT sessions. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them at your child's sessions.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child becomes more sad or fearful.
  • Your child's behaviors return or continue after treatment.
  • You have questions about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child feels like hurting himself.
  • Your child has done something on purpose to hurt himself.

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