What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Unlike traditional Freudian psychoanalysis, which probes childhood wounds to get at the root causes of conflict, CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

Recent Posts on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

6 Little Known Factors That Can Affect Depression

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Fearless You
These 6 little known factors can affect depression.

Is Your Therapist Psychologically-Minded?

A therapist who isn't psychologically-minded will feel superior to you.

When Worries Get to You, This Can Help

For most of us, there’s plenty to worry about in our lives. However, some people seem to figure out how to keep their worries down to a minimum. Whether you’re a chronic or sometime worrier, you can benefit from learning their secrets.

Coping With Your Envy: Turning Envy on Its Head

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on November 07, 2015 Anxiety Files
Envy can lead to depression and hostility and can undermine you at work and with your friends. Here are a few ideas of how to turn envy around.

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 3: Self-Damning Depression

Anybody who has ever experienced depression knows how painful it is. But, except in rare circumstances, nobody needs to be or stay depressed. Learn how to rid one of the two major forms of depression – Self-Damning Depression.

Are Your Dreams Keeping You Awake?

By Susan Reynolds on November 02, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
Dreams are our brain's way to process emotions while we sleep. If you're super stressed and suffering from restless nights, even nightmares, image therapy can be an effective way to "rewrite" your dreams.

Always Reward Your Writing Brain

By Susan Reynolds on October 30, 2015 Prime Your Gray Cells
When you feel good, your brain releases and bathes itself in what are called the feel-good chemicals—dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin, and others—which is so pleasurable for your brain that it eagerly awaits new opportunities to repeat this experience.

Are You Addicted to Approval?

A corollary of demanding approval is blind submission to others. This is a form of servitude that can enslave you mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically, and destroy your prospects for self-respect and happiness.

3 Powerful Ways to Cope With Any—Yes, Any!—Stubborn Problem

By Meg Selig on October 22, 2015 Changepower
Feeling stuck with that persistent problem? There are 3 possible apps for that.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 21, 2015 How To Do Life
An underdiscussed source of anxiety...and how to ameliorate it.

Logging in to Your Therapy Session

By Elias Aboujaoude M.D. on October 20, 2015 Compulsive Acts
Will the Internet cure the shortage of mental health providers?

What Really Happens When a Couple Splits

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 Ambigamy
Why do exes say such harsh things about each other? Why, in breakups of all kinds do we go from being able to do no wrong to being able to do no right? After years of harmonizing stories, breakups lead us to tell divergent stories.

How to Stop Worrying

The more we focus on distressing thoughts or worries, the worse we feel. And the worse we feel, the more we worry, and you know how the rest goes. Here are three strategies to interrupt that cycle.

Ava’s Shelled Friends: Motivating Children’s Learning

Ava and Sara learn to appreciate the ecosystem in their playtime with our famous neighboring turtles.

In Praise of Demotivation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on October 11, 2015 Ambigamy
You can't be self-motivated to do new things without the power of self-demotivation to stop doing old things.

A Different CBT Approach To Eating Addiction

Do you believe your love for junk food, your dysfunctional childhood, or the stress in your life is at the root of your compulsive eating? Is so, you've fallen into the therapy trap. The cause is more fundamental yet simpler. Here's how to diagnose and treat the root, acting as your own therapist.

Ridding Happiness Contaminant 2: LHT Anxiety

While we have to endure all sorts of hassles and hardships in life, we need not experience anxiety about them. Learn how to never turn a hardship into a horror and thus never fall prey to anxiety.

Why Do Brain Injuries Look Like ADHD?

What you should know about the similarities and differences between brain injury and ADHD.

Does Mindfulness Really Make Us Resilient?

When Todd Sampson demonstrated that neuroplasticity could make his ordinary brain extraordinary, he forgot to mention that he had an amazing arsenal of supports helping him achieve his goals. Mindfulness practices may help us focus and regulate our emotions, but their ability to change our lives is vastly over-rated.

Albert Ellis Was the Real Expert on Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on October 02, 2015 Resilience to Bullying
Albert Ellis is one of the most influential psychologists of all time, and was an expert at teaching people how to stop being bullied, though no one recognized him as such. He could have told us that the popular bullying psychology couldn't work because it is based on irrational beliefs.

Love and Fear With Liam Wilson of The Dillinger Escape Plan

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Brick by Brick
Liam Wilson shares how he came to understand the power of questioning.

Political Correctness Gone Mad

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
The thinking we do when we don't think about the thinking we do: microaggressions and trigger-warnings:

Earth to Humans: Why Have You Forsaken Me? Perceived Risk

By Kenneth Worthy Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 The Green Mind
What are the psychological roadblocks that explain why we’re not doing much to solve global climate change—a phenomenon that threatens the core of our society? This is the sixth post in a seven-part series.

Whatever Happened to Assertiveness Training?

Getting mellow and relaxed in response to stress can be a good thing, but it can also lead to staying in a bad situation that might otherwise be fixed, particularly in dysfunctional families. Cognitive behavior therapists used to counsel their patients on how to speak up for themselves, but seem to have forgotten the "assertiveness" techniques they used to champion.

Why a Simple Phrase Can Save Your Relationship

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
After nine years of marriage, Elisha and Elon knew two things for sure; that they still loved one another and that unless they stopped having such bad arguments, they’d never make it to their tenth anniversary. Here's what happened:

The Redemption of Lou Barlow

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on September 22, 2015 Brick by Brick
Lou Barlow shares his battle with social anxiety and how he has been able to use music to cope.

Treating Tourette's, OCD, and Selective Mutism in Children

Children with Tourette's Syndrome, OCD, or Selective Mutism can be challenging to treat. These specialized behavioral methods can provide treatment options for parents and therapists.

Childhood's End.........of Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 20, 2015 Overcoming Pain
Like fibromyalgia in adults, childhood fibromyalgia is a very intensely painful condition, affecting anywhere from 2% to 6% of the population. As it is in adults, it is a chronic pain condition in children. But, instead of medications, the symptoms can be treated with physical and occupational therapy and counseling. Children become well; pain does not become chronic.

Fear Flying? Statistics Don't Help.

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on September 20, 2015 Conquer Fear Of Flying
Forty million isn't personally meaningful. But, the number one hits home. It's personal. What did people on that flight feel? Maybe they got on expecting nothing bad would happen. These thoughts trigger the release of stress hormones and a cascade of feelings.

The Finger Trap Mystery: Part 2

Why does moving into trouble get you out of it?