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

Top 10 Ways to Reduce Anxiety

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 30, 2016 in CBT and Me
When everyday worries turn into intense anxiety, these strategies based on cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help.

Better Mindsets, Better Results

Here are 4 mindset shifts that can help us win at life.

Curing Fear of Flying in 140 Characters or Less

Sam was insistent. If I wasn't using Twitter to help people fly, I was missing something big.

Weight-Loss Floss and the Art of Health Behavior Change

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 26, 2016 in CBT and Me
Finding it difficult to eat right or exercise? Instead of searching for willpower, address the barriers to success.

A Good Therapist Is Hard to Find

Most therapists aren't providing research-supported treatment. How to spot a good one.

Free-Range Psychology

Just as the heath care field is moving towards personalized medicine, free-range psychology is well positioned to be the wave of the future.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

Forget the Inner Child: What About the Inner Adult?

We've all heard about the importance of the inner child in the creation of a sustaining life. But what about the inner adult?

What Is Anxiety?

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in Why We Worry
Anxiety-based problems are very common, and around 30-40% of individuals in Western societies will develop a problem that is anxiety related

7 Habits of a Happy Brain

You can build new neural pathways by feeding your brain new experiences. Here's how to choose experiences that stimulate each happy chemical.

Trauma and Sleep: Treatment

By John Cline Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Sleepless in America
People who have suffered trauma often experience sleep problems. Treating sleep disorder such as nightmares and insomnia can help facilitate the treatment of trauma related stress.

4 Reasons Why Change Is Hard, But Worth It

By Jennice Vilhauer Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in Living Forward
Four little known reasons why it can be hard to change your thinking, even when you know you should.

Who's Riding on Your "Me-Bus"?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 30, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Advocates of the modular mind concept see no need to assume the existence of a single "executive self"; no master module; no CEO circuit; no super-me; not even an "ego."

Is Your Therapist a Narcissist?

By Donna Barstow on June 28, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Here's why doctors think they're all that.

What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 27, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Ingesting drugs and alcohol may produce short-term rewards that then result in a lack of control over the behavior.

The Power of Imagery

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Think Well
While the power of positive thinking is great, the power of positive imagery is often greater. Here are two of the most effective visualization techniques.

The $10 Million Question

What if you could win a large sum of money just by making yourself feel a little worse?

The More I Check, the Less Confident I Feel

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Trying to find certainty through repeated checking in OCD is bound to backfire.

Critical Incident Stress Reactions from Violent Crime

Exposure to traumatic events have both short-term consequences and long-term impact but recovery is possible

7 Myths About Mindfulness (and What You Need to Know)

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 16, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Mindfulness is a deceptively simple practice, and can be life changing. We shouldn't let misunderstandings about it prevent us from trying it out.

2 Steps to Start Believing the Best About Yourself

Inaccurate beliefs about yourself will limit your potential. The good news is, you can train your brain to think differently.

How Your Risky Behavior Affects Others

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on June 14, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Behavioral addictions impair function, can have legal and financial repercussions, and can lead to mental health issues such as depression and thoughts of suicide

If You Fear, Shun or Avoid Pleasure

Some people may thwart their happiness without realizing it because this positive emotion conjures guilt, fear or panic. Here is one person's story and treatment suggestions.

It’s Not a Setback, It’s a Plot Twist

When life disappoints you, it may seem that all is lost. Chances are, though, that a better story is being written.

Giving the Devil His Due

By Peter D Kramer on June 03, 2016 in In Practice
A study showcased as validating psychotherapy shows surprising benefits from medication.

How Many Deaths Will It Take? Prince Is Just the Latest

The news stories say Prince died of an overdose but it was not just of opiates: his death came from our collective overdose on the medicalization of chronic pain.

The Economics of Treating Insomnia

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 02, 2016 in Sleep Newzzz
Insomnia costs the U.S. economy more than $100 billion a year, stemming largely from increased health-care reliance, lost productivity, and more frequent injuries and accidents.

Favorable Trajectories

By Peter D Kramer on May 27, 2016 in In Practice
How distinctive are antidepressants? Answers from research that looks at progress made by individual patients.

Why the Best Therapy Is a Biopsychosocial Process

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 in Think Well
Many therapists are very narrow focused and use only a few favored methods. Yet unless a therapist assesses someone's difficulties broadly, important problems can be missed.

Thorough Recovery From Depression

By Peter D Kramer on May 19, 2016 in In Practice
Treating depression, clinicians aim for very thorough responses—few remaining symptoms. A current study finds that, compared to psychotherapy, medication more often does that job.