Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most well-researched psychotherapeutic approaches in the field of mental health. CBT therapists include psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.
It is proven to be an effective treatment for a wide variety or mental health issues including:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- stress management
A cognitive behavioral therapist will be more active and directive during therapy sessions compared to therapists who espouse other approaches (e.g., psychodynamic). The term “collaborative empiricism” is used to describe the therapeutic approach in that client and therapist work together in exploring new ways to gain insight and ultimately act in one’s life.