Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on how examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors can improve coping skills. CBT differs from some other forms of therapy in that the therapist and the patient actively work together to help the patient modify thought patterns and behaviors. CBT is problem-focused and goal-directed.

CBT is an active intervention that includes "homework" or practice outside of therapy sessions. People who are participating in CBT are encouraged to monitor and write down negative thoughts that pop into their minds. Then the patient and therapist search for patterns that can trigger negative thoughts which lead to negative feelings and self-destructive behaviors.

CBT may be useful for patients who experience: See the National Alliance on Mental Illness CBT factsheet for more information.