Refers to any of a number of empirically proven psychotherapeutic treatment modalities whose goal is to reprogram negative emotions and behaviors. Patients typically see results within a very short series of sessions, so CBT is also quite cost-effective.

Example: With the help of her therapist, the patient realized that her negative interpretations of neutral events were making her life more difficult than necessary. Within a few sessions, she was successfully noticing and redirecting her thought processes when they began to veer toward unreasonable negativity.


    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Oct 2008