Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings and change unhelpful patterns of behavior.
CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response.
This form of therapy can help with many issues, including but not limited to depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, panic attacks, stress, and anger. It will teach you how to identify, challenge, and reframe automatic thoughts that are holding you back or leading to destructive behaviors and emotions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is much more than sitting and talking about whatever comes to mind during a session. It will involve structured goal setting and practicing new skills in and outside of therapy.
Most people with clearly defined behavioral and emotional concerns tend to reap the benefits.