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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Basics

Though the specific techniques and interventions may differ depending upon the symptoms that are targeted for change, the following are fundamental characteristics of cognitive behavioral therapy.

Empirically-based

Research has shown that CBT can be highly effective in the treatment of many clinical problems.

Goal-oriented

You will work with your therapist to establish goals for treatment and monitor your progress to assess whether desired changes have been made.

Problem-focused

Treatment is tailored individually to address concrete problems and to reduce specific symptoms.

Collaborative

Your therapist will work with you to identify and understand your problems and to make changes in your life.

Active

Your therapist will educate you about your problems and help you to understand potential underlying causes and solutions to them. You will be asked to work in between sessions, practicing the techniques you learned in session.

Homework

Given the active nature of cognitive-behavior therapy, homework is often assigned to facilitate the therapeutic process.

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