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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most common therapeutic approaches utilized in psychotherapy today. CBT is an approach that focuses on several core principles centered around the connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The treatment approach is rooted in the idea that because our thoughts influence our emotions and actions, we are able to effectively manage emotional reactions by identifying and challenging negative thought patterns. You may find that your therapist integrates CBT in combination with other therapeutic approaches.

Cognitive Restructuring:

The ability to identify and challenge cognitive distortions. Cognitive restructuring requires the replacement of distorted thought processes with rational, evidence based thoughts.

Cognitive Distortions:

Cognitive distortions are defined as faulty or inaccurate thoughts, perceptions, or beliefs. We all experience cognitive distortions occasionally, but they become a problem when they emerge as a pattern within our thought processes.

Examples of cognitive distortions include:


Seeing only the worst possible outcome of a situation.

Should Statements:

The belief that things “should” be a certain way.


The belief that one is responsible for things outside of their control.

Jumping to conclusions:

Interpreting the meaning of a situation with little to no evidence.

Steps of CBT:

  • Identify troubling situations or conditions in your life.
  • Become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs surrounding these problems.
  • Identify negative or inaccurate thinking.
  • Reshape negative and inaccurate thinking patterns.