Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an umbrella term for many forms of therapy that involve working with thoughts (cognitive) and actions (behaviors) in order to improve chronic difficult feelings such as anxiety or sadness. CBT and related approaches, such as those discussed below, are the gold standard treatment for anxiety, panic, worry, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, low self-esteem, couples difficulties, and many other life struggles that keep people stuck.
CBT is a present-focused, goal-oriented, and collaborative therapy approach. From the foundation of a caring, trusting, transparent therapy relationship, high-quality CBT empowers people to understand how they stay caught in unhelpful cycles of thoughts, actions and feelings. CBT strategies help people interrupt these patterns, and learn alternative ways of thinking and behaving that can improve painful emotional experiences, empowering a person to pursue the life they truly want.