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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. 

Most cognitive-behavioral therapies have the following characteristics:
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events.  The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
  • CBT is Briefer and Time-Limited. The average number of sessions clients receive (across all types of problems and approaches to CBT) is only 16.  CBT is time-limited in that we help clients understand at the very beginning of the therapy process that there will be a point when the formal therapy will end. 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapists believe it is important to have a good, trusting relationship, but that is not enough.  CBT therapists believe that the clients change because they learn how to think differently and they act on that learning.  
  • CBT is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client. Cognitive-behavioral therapists seek to learn what their clients want out of life (their goals) and then help their clients achieve those goals.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not tell people how they should feel.  So when we learn how to more calmly accept a personal problem, not only do we feel better, but we usually put ourselves in a better position to make use of our intelligence, knowledge, energy, and resources to resolve the problem.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapists want to gain a very good understanding of their clients’ concerns.  They also encourage their clients to ask questions of themselves.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapists have a specific agenda for each session.  Specific techniques / concepts are taught during each session.   
  • CBT is based on the scientifically supported assumption that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned.  Therefore, the goal of therapy is to  help clients unlearn their unwanted reactions and to learn a new way of reacting. 
  • The inductive method encourages us to look at our thoughts as being hypotheses or guesses that can be questioned and tested… then we  can change our thinking to be in line with how the situation really is.
  • Homework is a central feature of CBT. That’s why CBT therapists assign reading assignments and encourage their clients to practice the techniques learned
Source:  National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists
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