Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

We have all heard of Sigmund Freud, the hailed Father of Psychology, and his theories. However, many of us have never heard of Aaron T. Beck, M.D. or Albert Ellis, arguably the Fathers of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. So what is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is one of the most widely practice of all the different approaches to psychological therapy. The basis of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is that individuals have distorted or irrational thought patterns. The goal of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is to identify the distorted or irrational thought patterns and change them. These distorted interpretations of the world and events are often at the basis of depressive and anxiety disorders. The end result of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is that the client to learn how to recognize and change his/her distorted or irrational thought patterns with the help of the mental health provider.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has two interacting parts: cognition – thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc., and behavior. The Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is an approach to psychological therapy that makes a distinct and direct link between the way a person views, thinks about, and feels about him/herself, about other people, and about the world in general, and how he/she behaves as a result of that perception.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is an action-orientated form of therapy that strongly encourages active client participation. Although the mental health provider helps the client to identify the distorted or irrational thought patterns and the resulting behavior patterns, it is ultimately up to the client to make the changes.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is used by many mental health providers for the treatment of depression, anxiety, phobias, anger management, eating disorders, and countless other mental health problems.

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