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The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is focused on the change through the restructuration of ideas, thoughts and distorted beliefs that can be affecting the person.

Some of the characteristics of this approach are:

  • It is a brief therapy
  • It is focused on the present complaint and its solution
  • It requires a conjoint labor between therapist and patient, beginning with the setting of the therapy goals.
  • The patient has an active role, working not only during the sessions, but also outside the office.
  • Psycho-education is included. In other words, the therapist gives information about a variety of psychological issues.
  • The learning that is accomplished during the psychotherapy process can be applied to other future situations. 

CBT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression.