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What is CBT?


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is probably the most common form of therapy practiced by counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners. CBT attempts to assist people to better understand the cause and effects of the factors that lead to behaviors and assist them in improving their quality of life. CBT has been shown to be an effective form of treatment for depression, anxiety, among other mental health conditions. The basic of CBT are as follows:


1. An activating event or circumstance takes place.

2. Which leads the person to perceiving the event in a certain way. It is the way the person sees or understands the event.

3. This perception then leads to strong feelings or emotions.

4. Our emotions then tend to strongly influence our actions or behaviors.

CBT attempts to empower people to take more personal responsibility for their actions and cope with the difficulties which arise in life. CBT can be effectively used with children, adolescents and adults.


Mark Rhodes, LPC

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