Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-established and highly effective treatment. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Therapy is goal-directed, and benefits are usually seen in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the individual.

In CBT, clients are actively involved in their treatment. They work closely with their therapist to set goals for therapy, and they learn skills that are useful throughout their life. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing "homework assignments" outside of sessions in order to practice the treatment procedures. Clients learn skills during therapy sessions, but it is critical to practice repeatedly to see improvement.

 

Click here for a link to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America's podcast on CBT:

http://www.adaa.org/resources-professionals/podcasts/cbt-what-it