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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the concept that the way we think about things affects how we feel emotionally. Cognitive therapy focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving.

Cognitive therapy is sometimes called cognitive-behavior therapy because it aims to help people in the ways they think (the cognitive) and in the ways they act (the behavior).

Cognitive therapy has been applied to a broad range of problems including depression, anxiety, panic, fears, eating disorders, substance abuse, and personality problems. It can be used with all age groups.