Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that aims to help people change negative patterns of thought and behavior. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that changing negative thoughts and behaviors can lead to improved mood and well-being.
During CBT, a person works with a therapist to identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs, and to learn new, more positive ways of thinking and behaving. The therapy often involves setting goals and working on specific problems, and may involve homework assignments, such as keeping a journal or practicing new skills between sessions.
CBT can be used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It has been found to be effective in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for many people.