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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a form of psychological treatment that has been effective in treating mood disorders, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. CBT allows clients to identify maladaptive patterns of emotional responses, thoughts, and behaviors and replace them with realistic and practical approaches. In CBT, clients are often taught ‘solution-focused’ skills that can be used in real-life settings to cope with difficult situations.

The What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) handout provides useful information on how CBT works and how it can help clients. It also teaches CBT techniques like cognitive reframing, gradual exposure therapy, and mindful journaling to practice at home or in sessions.

This handout benefits kids and teens by helping them understand their thoughts and emotions better, and learn coping strategies. Those who are starting their CBT journey can use this handout as a beginner-friendly guide. It can be paired with our Unhelpful Thinking Styles Poster that discusses each negative thought pattern.

This handout accompanies other CBT handouts highlighting cognitive distortions and more in our 19-page CBT Handouts Bundle.

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Want more resources like this? Check out our full catalog of CBT worksheets and handouts.


  1. Bannink, F. (2017). Positive CBT in practice. In Springer eBooks (pp. 15–28). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51787-2_2
  2. Hofmann, S., Asnaani, A., Vonk, I. J. J., Sawyer, A. T., & Fang, A. (2012). The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral therapy: A review of Meta-analyses. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(5), 427–440. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-012-9476-1
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