cognitive therapy

What is Cognitive Therapy?

A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the idea that our thoughts affect our feelings/emotions. Cognitive therapy focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving.

Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

What is the difference between Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy?

The main difference between the two is that cognitive therapy focuses on eliminating psychological distress, while cognitivebehavioral therapy targets the elimination of negative and unhelpful behaviour, as well.

Cognitive Techniques are a vital set of strategies or interventions used in many evidence-based psychotherapies. These techniques are designed to help clients identify, challenge and modify unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and images.

Cognitive coping involves teaching a client to identify negative thoughts and behaviours that increase their stress and anxiety and the situations where stress occurs.

Types of Cognitive Therapy

These therapies include, but are not limited to, rational emotive therapy (REBT), cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapydialectical behavior therapy, reality therapy/choice theory, cognitive processing therapyEMDR, and multimodal therapy.


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