Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) encourages people to change their cognition, or perception, in order to change their behaviour.
The therapy is based on changing a persons thinking patterns and identifying irrational thoughts by challenging their instilled beliefs of how they will react to a situation or emotion.
CBT techniques use evidence via feedback to teach patients that irrational thought need not lead to irrational action.
It is now recognised that CBT can be used to help people overcome stress, low self-esteem, frustration, shyness, guilt, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
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