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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT works with our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT therapists understand that by changing the way we think and act in the here-and-now, we can affect the way we feel. CBT can also be applied longitudinally to explore the origin of beliefs, rules and assumptions which shape an individual's world-view: this knowledge can then be used to drive change in the present. There are evidence-based CBT models (and associated treatment protocols) for a wide range of range of disorders, but CBT can also be used to formulate (conceptualize) cases individually.

CBT is an amalgam of behavioral and cognitive interventions guided by the principles of applied science. The behavioral interventions aim to decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase adaptive ones by modifying their antecedents and consequences and by behavioral practices that result in new learning. The cognitive interventions aim to modify maladaptive cognitions, self-statements or beliefs. The hallmark features of CBT are problem-focused intervention strategies that are derived from learning theory [as well as] cognitive theory principles.
Craske (2009)



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Formulation

Cognitive therapy competence / adherence measures

Articles on CBT

This series of articles are decent introduction to the basics of CBT. The authors have gone on to sell a branded form of CBT based on this approach but the messages still hold true: