Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is a broad category of techniques with a common set of beliefs. It is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the belief that our thoughts affect our feelings and actions. The therapist will work with the client to hhelp them identify those negative thoughts and provide them with coping mechanisms and teaching information processing skills.

It was originally used to help with depression, but it has been determined to be effective for a variety of other issues including anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among many others. It has been determined to be a good first line treatment for a variety of issues for children and adolescents and is also effective with adults.

An example of this might be when Marisa recieved a bad grade on a test she took recently she may believe that getting a bad grade means she is worthless. An alternative to this thinking would be that Marisa understands that it is OK to be sad or frustrated with the poor grade, but she realizes that she can use that as a motivation to try and study harder for the next test. She now understands that getting a bad grade is not the end of the world and that there are ways to cope with the disappointment and actions that will lead to a more desirable outcome in the future.

An individual may use a variety of resources like self help materials, computer/smartphone delivered, individual therapy or even in a croup setting. The goal with any of these resources would be to help the individual minimize the effect of the negative and maximize the positive thoughts while providing the best information and coping techniques to ensure success. It may be helpful to seek the advice of a professional to determine which of these resources will provide the most beneficial outcome.This is because there is such a wide variety of techniques a professional can help determine which one may be the most effective.