Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Description of the Strategy

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that blends strategies from traditional behavioral treatments with various cognitively oriented strategies. It is different from other forms of psychotherapy (e.g., traditional psychodynamic psychotherapies) in that the focus of treatment is on changing the behaviors and cognitions that are thought to be currently maintaining a problem, rather than on helping a client to gain insight into the early developmental factors that may have initially set the stage for developing the problem.

The boundaries of CBT are somewhat unclear. Different practitioners and researchers often use terms such as cognitive behavior therapy, behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy in different ways. For some professionals, these terms are used interchangeably. For others, they ...

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