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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a problem-focused type of intervention. Rather than an in-depth focus on past experience, CBT seeks to teach children to become their own therapist. CBT helps kids recognize their thought patterns and identify where and when those patterns help and where and when they hurt. Using problem-solving strategies and skill-building techniques the child, parent, and therapist work together to change dysfunctional thoughts and replace them with more proactive thoughts and behaviors.