Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT as it is often referred, is one of the most commonly used treatment modalities in the mental health field. Within the CBT approach, the understanding is that human concerns often arise due to faulty or unhelpful thought patterns or beliefs that people may hold about themselves or certain events that occur in their lives. Often times, those unhelpful thoughts lead to problematic emotions and behavioral results. A therapist practicing CBT will likely focus on the ways in which thoughts, emotions, and behaviors all interact with one another in each individuals’ life.
The goal of CBT is to address the interplay between thoughts/beliefs, emotions, and behavior in order to dispute or modify any unhelpful thoughts that may be negatively impacting clients’ wellbeing.