Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is based on the premise that there is a connection between thoughts, emotions and behaviors. The Cognitive model focuses on identifying and modifying the dysfunctional (often automatic) thoughts and behaviors that underlie psychological distress. Psychological distress can take the form of a wide range of symptoms to be targeted in a session (e.g., depression, anxiety, paranoia, delusions, low self-esteem, fear, etc.).
The focus is on learning how to change our thoughts from negative self defeating ones to positive, self affirming ones. A number of features differentiate Cognitive Behavior Therapy from other therapeutic approaches, including, collaborative empiricism, structured format, focused interventions and homework assignments.