According to the American Psychological Association, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of treatment that usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns and behavioral patterns. Strategies include: “problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations, using role-playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others, learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body, and learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.”
CBT is a collaborative approach between therapist and client to understand the problem and develop a treatment plan, thus helping the client learn to be their own therapist.
If you are interested in finding a counselor trained in this method, we recommend using the resource Psychology Today.
Source: “What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?” American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral.