Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a goal-oriented, short-term therapy approach with an emphasis on problem solving. CBT, which was developed by Aaron Beck, MD, focuses on the concept that our thoughts influence our mood and behavior. By examining and changing our thinking, we can change our behaviors and emotions. CBT tends to be short and on average, lasts 6-9 months with one 50-minute session per week. CBT is primarily used to treat anxiety and depression, but has been empirically supported to also help with a variety of other problems. Sessions typically begin with a weekly check-in, followed by setting a session agenda, where the therapist gives summaries as needed. The therapist will then assign the client homework and summarizes the session, giving feedback as needed.