Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of “talk therapy” that emphasizes the importance of real, authentic relationships between your thoughts and feelings. CBT helps people of all ages address issues like substance use disorder, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, psychosis, personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as any grief, loss or trauma you may have experienced.
In CBT, individuals identify and correct unhelpful or false core beliefs. Once you’ve changed your thought process, replacing negative self-talk with more constructive alternatives, then the emotions and behaviors can change.
CBT can be used in the treatment of a broad range of behavioral health conditions, including:
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Sleep disturbances
- Eating disorders
- Chronic pain
In addition to reducing or managing unwanted symptoms, CBT can help people struggling with mental illness or addiction develop coping skills or tools to reduce unhelpful behaviors stemming from negative beliefs or emotions.