Cognitive-Behavioral Library

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult Asperger Syndrome
    One of the more humbling things about being a senior therapist is realizing the cases where we missed it because we didn't have adequate training at the time or because the disorder hadn't been adequately ...
  • 10 Reasons You Can’t Say How You Feel
    Not everyone finds expressing their feelings easy or having it come naturally. While the stereotype is that men have the hardest time expressing their emotions, everyone at one time or another in their life may ...
  • Overcoming Fears, Phobias and Panic Attacks
    There are many ways that a therapist might work with someone to help them overcome their fears, a phobia (like being afraid of snakes) or having a panic attack (where a person feels their heart ...
  • Fixing Cognitive Distortions
    Cognitive distortions have a way of playing havoc with our lives. If we let them. This kind of "stinkin' thinkin'" can be "undone," but it takes effort and lots of practice -- every day. ...
  • 15 Common Cognitive Distortions
    What's a cognitive distortion and why do so many people have them? Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of ...
  • Living with an Anxiety Disorder
    Learning that you have an anxiety disorder may bring relief (finally having a name for your struggles), more questions (why me?) and more worry (not knowing what to do next). The good news is that ...
  • Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    If you’re a parent of a child who’s recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be devastated and overwhelmed. If you’re an adult who’s recently been diagnosed, you may be going ...
  • Demystifying Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    Some dismiss body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as vanity; others believe it’s a rare and extreme condition. Though many misconceptions continue to circulate, BDD is a real, fairly common body image disorder. It affects men and ...
  • Getting the Most Out of Psychotherapy
    When clients begin psychotherapy, they often ask what they can do to get the best results. In this article, I answer some of the questions I often hear and offer some tips I hope you'll ...
  • What is Exposure Therapy?
    Exposure therapy is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy technique that is often used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias. In PTSD, exposure therapy is intended to help the patient face and ...
  • Alexander Technique May Benefit Back Pain Sufferers
    Back pain is one of the most frequent disabling conditions in Western societies. The management of patients varies considerably within and between countries, and not many treatments work in the long term. The Alexander Technique ...
  • Tackling the Fears of the ‘Worried Well’
    It is estimated that millions of people in the U.S. suffer from imaginary illnesses, including a rise in recent years in food intolerances. Are we really a nation of hypochondriacs? The "worried well," it would ...
  • An Overview of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
    Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a practical, action-oriented approach to coping with problems and enhancing personal growth. REBT places a good deal of its focus on the present: on currently-held attitudes, painful emotions and ...
  • An Overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also ...
  • In-Depth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    Cognitive behavioral therapy (also known by its abbreviation, CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that ...
  • Identifying Irrational Thoughts
    One of the most common components of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) is identifying and answering irrational thoughts. Once you can label and dissect an irrational thought, you take away some of its power. The longer these ...
  • Social Phobia
    Social phobia is an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations, specifically of embarrassing yourself in front of other people. It often runs in families and may be accompanied by depression or alcoholism. Social ...
  • About Behavior Therapy
    Behavior therapy is focused on helping an individual understand how changing their behavior can lead to changes in how they are feeling. The goal of behavior therapy is usually focused on increasing the ...
  • About Cognitive Psychotherapy
    Cognitive therapy is based on the theory that much of how we feel is determined by what we think. Disorders, such as depression, are believed to be the result of faulty thoughts and beliefs. By ...
  • Paroextine may help treat compulsive hoarding
    New research has found that certain antidepressants work well to reduce symptoms of compulsive hoarding. It's very common to have a collection of some kind — acquiring and retaining nonessential objects is nearly universal and found ...
  • Treatment of Panic Disorder
    Treatment can bring significant relief to 70 percent to 90 percent of people with panic disorder, and early treatment can help keep the disease from progressing to the later stages where agoraphobia develops. Before undergoing any ...
  • Anxiety, Worry, and Stress, Oh My: The Bugaboos of Modern Life
    Anxiety, worry, and stress are all afflictions of life in the modern world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10 percent of the American population, or 24 million people, suffer from anxiety ...
  • The Power of Positive Thinking
    No one can avoid all negative feelings in life and it's not realistic to think you can or should. But the happiest people somehow know how to buffer them by keeping life's inevitable tragedies from ...
  • The Top 10 Types of “Stinkin’ Thinkin'”
    One of the most common types of skills learned in psychotherapy today focuses on our thinking. Unbeknownst to many of us, we often engage in internal conversations with ourselves throughout the day. Unless we're trained ...