Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured and shorter-term therapy model that is highly interactive and collaborative between therapist and patient.
The basic idea behind CBT is that emotions are hard to change directly. CBT targets emotions by changing the thoughts and behaviors contributing to the distressing emotions. This is accomplished through training and practice. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that can help treat a variety of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorders. CBT may also be used to address problems such as relationship concerns, or stress management.