CBT is cognitive behavior focused therapy. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleep difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. To name a few;
- Sleep Problems
- Relationship problems
- Eating Disorders
- Health Anxiety
- Depression and Anxiety in context of Cancer Diagnosis.
The advantages of cognitive behavioral therapy include the fact that it tends to be short, taking five to ten months for most emotional problems. Patient session vary from one to two sessions a week during which time the patient and Therapist work together to understand what the problems are and develop new strategies for tackling them. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles that they can apply whenever they need to, and which will last them a lifetime.