Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a research supported treatment that focuses on ways of thinking that are maladaptive. Psychotherapists believe that life situations cause people to have negative thoughts about themselves, the world and the future. These thoughts are often automatic and out of the person's awareness. Negative thoughts create emotions like anger, sadness, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, anxiety and depression.Negative feelings guide a person's behavior and along with negative thoughts prevent a person from living a happy life.

CBT is as useful as antidepressant medications for individuals with depression and is superior in preventing relapse.

CBT is also useful for anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions and phobias. Recent research from Europe has shown CBT to be helpful for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder when it is used in conjunction with medications.

CBT was developed through a merging of Behavioral therapy with Cognitive therapy. CBT focuses on the here and now. Dr. Aaron Beck, Dr. Freeman and Dr. Albert Ellis were the early pioneers of cognitive therapy and Behavior therapy.