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What is Cognitive Therapy?
Cognitive therapy, also called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is:
- Empirically-bases. Cognitive-behavioral methods have been shown in controlled studies to provide effective treatment for numerous clinical problems. CBT has been shown to be as effective as drug treatment for depression and anxiety disorders.
- Goal-oriented. The cognitive-behavioral therapist works with their client to set goals for therapy and to monitor progress periodically to assess whether the goals are being met.
- Practical and concrete. Therapy goals focus on solving concrete problems.
- Active. Both client and therapist play an active role in therapy. The therapist serves as a teacher and coach, teaching the client about what is known about his or her problems and solutions to those problems. The client works outside the therapy session to practice the strategies learned in therapy.
- Collaborative. Client and therapist work together to understand and develop strategies to address the client's difficulties.
- Time-limited. Cognitive therapy is time limited and short term when-ever possible.
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination." – Carl Rogers
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