What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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noun: cognitive behavioral therapy

  1. a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression.

What it is...

Goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment

Combination of Psychotherapy & Behavioral Therapy

Solutions-focused way to challenge distorted cognition and change destructive patterns of behavior

--> Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood

--> Behavioral Therapy: Behavioral therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behavior and our thoughts. 


How it works...

✓ 5-10 months recommended

✓ Meet 1-2x/wk for about 50 minutes of therapy

✓ Make goal for the week with therapist

✓ Have task assignments to complete before you see your therapist for next visit

✓ The relationship you build with your therapist is problem-focused and practical


Who is it for...

Anyone hoping to improve:

sleeping difficulties, relationship issues, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, depression, anger management, chronic pain, eating problems, body tics, mood swings, PTSD, overall well-being and performance

CBT is individualized and is certainly not diagnosis-specific.

CBT was equally effective as behavior therapy in the treatment of adult depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
— Clinical Psychology Review
CBT can substantially reduce the symptoms of many emotional disorders – clinical trials have shown that. In the short term, it’s just as good as drug therapies at treating depression and anxiety disorders. And the benefits may even last longer (than that of medications).
— PsychCentral

At The Healing House, we do not initiate Talk Therapy by engaging in CBT, but we find that once a therapeutic relationship is established, that it can be a very powerful tool.  And as with all of our Counseling services, we believe Talk Therapy is particularly helpful as a supplemental service to a TMS Therapy regime, for instance, when something more intensive is required than counseling alone.  This fits our integrative philosophy, that positive outcomes are best driven by an inter-disciplinary focus and by observing the entire spectrum of care.  CBT is on that spectrum and is proving to be an increasingly meaningful practice in all models of mental health care delivery.   


Butler, A.C., Chapman, J.E., Forman, E.M., & Beck, A.T. (2006). The empirical status of cognitive-behavioral therapy: A review of meta-analyses. Clinical Psychology Review, 26(1), 17-31.

Martin, B. (2016, July 17). In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/lib/in-depth-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/

McGrath, E., Ph.D., B. S., Marano, H. E., & Ph.D., S. A. (n.d.). Psychology Today. Retrieved February 14, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/cognitive-behavioral-therapy