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About Cognitive Therapy

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For information about Cognitive Therapy, please click the links below:
Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

For introductory articles regarding the efficacy of Cognitive Therapy, please view the links below:
Cognitive Therapy vs Medications in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Depression
Prevention of Relapse Following Cognitive Therapy vs Medications in Moderate to Severe Depression


Cognitive Therapy is a relatively short-term, focused, and outcome-oriented psychotherapy designed to help individuals change patterns of thinking and behaving that may be causing problems in their lives. 

Cognitive Therapy is based on the premise that our thoughts, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions dictate our emotions and behaviors. 

One of the few models of psychotherapy to be extensively researched, over 375 clinical trials and studies have found Cognitive Therapy to be effective in treating a vast range of psychological disorders including depression, addiction, anger management, chronic pain, generalized anxiety, marital problems, panic, phobia and other specific fears, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, insomnia, and many personality disorders. 

Cognitive Therapy is also very effective in helping people deal with daily concerns such as communication skills, conflict resolution, workplace concerns, managing stress, parenting, lifespan transitions, grief, coping difficulties, adjustment to medical conditions, career issues, and many other life events and stressors.

Cognitive Therapy tends to target specific complaints and offer specific solutions. Problem solving skills are quickly learned and practiced in therapy and are generalized to help the patient utilize these new tools in the future. Cognitive Therapy also analyzes the way in which an individual perceives and reacts to life. New coping strategies and cognitive skills can result in different and more helpful and healthy emotional reactions.  

Cognitive Therapy offers techniques to allow the patient to identify and change negative, maladaptive, or unproductive thinking patterns into more rational and realistic ones, thereby changing and controlling their emotional reactivity.

Cognitive Therapy is a collaborative process. The patient and therapist work together to identify problem areas, agree upon therapy goals and measures of success.
 
Patients can expect more adaptive coping strategies, improved insight into their particular thinking style, more control over emotional reactivity, and a different philosophical way to deal with life. 

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