Aug
2015

Q&A: What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Ask A Doctor Question: 

Am looking for help with CBT. Not sure what it is all about but have been told it would help me.

- Wendy

Answer: 

David R. Shapiro, M.D. - LocateADoc.com

Wendy,
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well validated type of psychotherapy, which effectively relieves syptoms of a variety of conditions, such as depression and anxiety.   There are a variety of books and workbooks you can access to learn the skills.  I particularly like Albert Ellis' book How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything, Yes Anything!, as well as the workbook The Thoughts and Feelings Workbook by McKay, Davis and Fanning.  Often people can use such resources without without the help of a therapist but frequently such books can compliment working with a therapist who helps them apply the skills.   

--David R. Shapiro, M.D.
Ventura, CA

Answer: 

Peter Strong, PhD - LocateADoc.com

CBT is a very effective way of changing the underlying patterns of reactive thinking that feed anxiety and depression. I offer CBT online via Skype through my private therapy practice.

--Peter Strong, PhD
Louisville, CO

Answer: 

John Taylor, MA, RCC, CCC Registered Clinical Counsellor - LocateADoc.com

Hi Wendy,
 
CBT--Cognitive Behavioural Therapy--is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy. It is focused on changing patterns of thinking or behaviour (how we act based on thoughts) and in doing so changing how you feel. This form of therapy is about problem-solving and works particularly well for depression and anxiety.
 
Let me know if you would like any further information about CBT.

--John Taylor, MA, RCC, CCC Registered Clinical Counsellor
Nanaimo, BC

Answer: 

James S. Anthony, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist - LocateADoc.com

Dear Wendy:  
 
CBT can be a helpful method of therapy to those who have emotional or behavioral problems.  CBT is defined as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  You may wish to read more about it on the Mayo Clinic website.  Finally, don't hesitate to seek out a competent counselor who uses this type of therapy.  Good Luck in your search.

--James S. Anthony, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
White Bear Lake, MN

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