A system of psychotherapy based on the premise that distorted or dysfunctional thinking, which influences a person's mood or behavior, is common to all psycho social problems. The focus of therapy is to identify the distorted thinking and to replace it with more rational, adaptive thoughts and beliefs.
CBT therapists are either psychiatrists or psychologists. Based on learning theory they aim to help patients learn new strategies for coping with situations. CBT therapy is brief; the patient participates actively in treatment. techniques include emotional regulation through relaxation and cognitive strategies (monitoring and modifying thoughts and mental images.
a psychological approach that involves the identification and modification of thinking patterns and negative mood states.