Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured form of therapy based on the belief that thoughts - not outside circumstances - control our feelings and behaviors and that our feelings and behaviors are consequently under our own control.
In contrast to traditional psychotherapy, most CBT regimes are time-limited. The average number of sessions is 16. Homework assignments are an integral part of CBT.
CBT sessions focus on teaching rational thought processes, establishing life goals, learning to accept disappointments, analysis of the patient's personal world view, learning cause and effect and rationalizing feelings to match facts.
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