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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive therapy, or cognitive-behavioral therapy as it is more commonly called today, is an active, structured form of psychotherapy based on the idea that the way a person views the world has a major influence on his or her emotions and behavior. 

How does cognitive-behavioral therapy work?

Cognitions (thoughts or mental pictures) are based on beliefs and assumptions developed from previous experiences. Dysfunctional cognitions often lead to unpleasant feelings and problematic behavior. A variety of cognitive and behavioral strategies are used to do the following:

  • Recognize the connection between automatic thoughts, emotions and behavior
  • Replace dysfunctional beliefs with more rational and adaptive ideas
  • Learn new tools for dealing with stressful situations

Which conditions are treated with CBT?

Specialists at Rush use cognitive-behavioral therapies to address a number of psychiatric problems and psychological disorders, including the following:

Some patients are treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy alone. Others are treated with a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication.

Why choose Rush for CBT

  • The Cognitive Therapy Center is a component of the Department of Psychiatry at Rush. The center offers evaluation and treatment for people suffering from a variety of psychological problems and psychiatric disorders.
  • The Department of Psychiatry at Rush was a pioneer in the combined use of cognitive therapy and pharmacologic treatment.
  • The Cognitive Therapy Center team includes an expert in child and adolescent psychiatry who specialize in helping kids overcome a wide range of disorders.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy and other therapies offered at Rush are evidence-based treatments, which means that their effectiveness is supported by the results of scientific research.