Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy which focuses on cognitions, behaviours, and emotions. This therapy approach is one of the most researched and most used forms of therapy.
CBT is based on the notion that our cognitions, behaviours, and emotions influence each other; our thoughts influence how we feel and how we behave, and, in turn, our behaviour also influences how we feel and think. For example, a woman who believes that people do not like her (thoughts) can start to have negative feelings towards other people (emotions) and it may result in her avoiding other people by staying home often (behaviour). In turn, a woman may choose to stay home often which can result in developing negative thoughts and feelings about other people.
With this approach, various exercises will help identify where the problem lays exactly, after which we will try to change those negative thoughts, behaviours, and emotions during our sessions together.
This therapy approach is used to treat, amongst others: