What is cognitive therapy?

Dr. Marni Feuerman, LCSW, MFT
Marriage & Family Therapy

Cognitive therapy was originally developed by a psychoanalytically (Freudian) trained American psychiatrist named Aaron T. Beck. Cognitive therapy is one of the therapeutic approaches within the larger group of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) and was first expounded by Beck in the 1960s. It is a form of psychotherapy using imagery, self-instruction, and related techniques to alter distorted attitudes and perceptions.  Cognition (thinking) is seen as the most significant factor in psychological problems and their treatment.

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