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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a type of mental health therapy. It is used to help you create more realistic, appropriate thoughts about yourself and your behaviors. CBT is short-term therapy that may last up to 20 sessions. You may work alone with a mental health provider, or in a group of others with similar disorders. CBT may be used along with medicines that help treat your disorder.

What happens during CBT?

Your therapist will help you identify thought patterns that are not healthy and understand how they affect your behavior. You will set goals for the thoughts and behaviors you wish to change. Your therapist will teach you different ways to solve problems, cope with stress or anxiety, and relax. Your therapist may ask you to practice these skills at home between sessions. You may be asked to keep a journal of your feelings, thoughts, and the result of your actions.

What are common disorders treated by CBT?

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