Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of therapeutic treatment that helps patients to understand how their own thoughts and feelings influence their behaviors. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.
This therapeutic process helps to identify problematic behaviors that can affect numerous life areas, including family, romantic relationships, work and academics. For example, a person suffering from low self-esteem might experience negative thoughts about his or her own abilities or appearance. As a result of these negative thinking patterns, the individual might start avoiding social situations or pass up on opportunities for advancement at work or at school.
CBT is a gradual process that helps a person make incremental steps towards a behavior change. Thus, clients who receive CBT may become more emotionally healthy, more resistant to life stressors and less prone to anxiety, depression, or other problem areas in the future.