Cognitive Therapy (CT)
Cognitive Therapy (CT), also known as Beckian therapy, is a form of psychotherapy developed by Aaron T. Beck. It focuses on identifying and restructuring negative thought patterns that contribute to emotional distress. CT operates under the premise that our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors, and that changing these thoughts can lead to improved mental health. Therapists work with clients to identify automatic negative thoughts and cognitive distortions, such as black-and-white thinking or catastrophizing. Through guided exploration, clients learn to challenge and replace these distortions with more balanced and rational thoughts. By addressing these cognitive factors, individuals can experience reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other emotional difficulties.