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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.
Research has shown that CBT can be highly effective in the treatment of many clinical problems.
You will work with your therapist to establish goals for treatment and monitor your progress to assess whether desired changes have been made.
Treatment is tailored individually to address concrete problems and to reduce specific symptoms.
Your therapist will work with you to identify and understand your problems and to make changes in your life.
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.
Given the active nature of cognitive-behavior therapy, homework is often assigned to facilitate the therapeutic process.