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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Updated:

Jul 7, 2023

Reviewed by:

Ben Pearson, LCSW

"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a widely used evidence-based psychotherapy that focuses on identifying and changing unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior to improve mental health." - American Psychological Association (APA)

Overview

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic method that targets the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It helps identify and fix negative thoughts and behaviors to alleviate emotional distress and improve your well-being.

Process

How Does Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) Work?

  • Assessment: The therapist and client work together to identify the specific concerns, symptoms, and goals. A collaborative treatment plan is developed.



  • Psychoeducation: The therapist provides information about the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, helping the client understand the underlying processes.


  • Cognitive Restructuring: The client learns to identify and challenge negative or irrational thoughts, replacing them with more realistic and balanced ones.


  • Behavioral Techniques: The client actively engages in behavior change strategies, such as exposure therapy, behavioral activation, or skills training, to promote desired outcomes.



  • Homework and Practice: The client is often assigned exercises or tasks to practice the skills learned in therapy in real-life situations.


  • Ongoing Evaluation: Progress is continuously monitored, and adjustments are made to the treatment plan as needed.


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Benefits

Physical Benefits

  •  Reduced stress levels and improved stress management

  • Better sleep quality and patterns

  • Enhanced self-care practices, including healthy lifestyle changes