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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach which addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviours and cognitive processes, and contents through a number of goal-oriented, explicit systematic procedures. The name refers to behaviour therapycognitive therapy, and to therapy based upon a combination of basic behavioural and cognitive principles and research. Most therapists working with patients dealing with anxiety and depression use a blend of cognitive and behavioural therapy. This technique acknowledges that there may be behaviors that cannot be controlled through rational thought. CBT is “problem focused” (undertaken for specific problems) and “action oriented” (therapist tries to assist the client in selecting specific strategies to help address those problems)