Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy focused on helping you see the world and how you behave in it, clearly and accurately. And it is the only type of therapy that has been proven to be effective in dealing with a range of mental health problems, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, relationship problems, and, yes, addiction.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?


CBT is designed to empower you. You read case histories of how CBT has helped others to change how they think and behave, as well as about how your brain takes in stimuli and interprets it, assigning emotions to happenings. You take notes, do practical homework, and keep records of your progress.

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Highly Structured

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CBT is designed as a practical therapy that should take a limited number of sessions to complete, usually between 12-16 weeks. This structure is empowering as you set concrete goals that you can achieve within a process that shows you your progress in a detailed way.

CBT helps you to clearly see how changing your thoughts change your behavior and improves how you feel about who you are and how you interact with others in your world.

Coping Skills

Life is complex and can be confusing; we all need to develop coping skills to continue to take good care of ourselves and others when turbulence hits. Addiction sometimes develops when coping skills are absent, leaving you desperate for some way to push your problems away.

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Effective Cognitive Behavior Therapy Techniques

Let’s look at a couple of fundamental techniques, so you can see how CBT works.

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Cognitive Restructuring

Say you believe that only people who own a far-out car are successful, but you are downsized out of your job and are forced to downscale – the BMW M3 is out, and the Volkswagen Golf is in. Cognitive restructuring would mean challenging your belief’s validity or truth; you need to have an expensive car to be su