Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that by changing the way we think and behave, we can improve our emotional well-being. CBT is a goal-oriented and structured therapy that typically consists of 12-20 sessions, with each session lasting between 45 and 60 minutes.
During CBT, a therapist works with the patient to identify and understand negative patterns of thinking and behavior. The therapist then helps the patient to develop new, more positive ways of thinking and behaving. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and actions, and that by identifying and changing negative thoughts and beliefs, we can improve our emotions and behavior.
CBT is widely used to treat a variety of mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, and eating disorders. It's also been used in the treatment of conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, and substance abuse.
CBT is considered a very effective treatment and it has been widely researched and studied. It is supported by numerous scientific studies, and it is recommended as a first-line treatment by many mental health organizations.