Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy. CBT helps kids and teens look at their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It shows them how to replace negative thoughts with more realistic, positive ones.
With CBT, the therapist and child work together to set goals, identify problems and check progress. Kids often get assignments to do between sessions to build the skills they are learning.
Rather than focusing on the past, CBT helps kids focus on the present and the future, and to realize they have control over their behaviors.
CBT can help kids learn important skills. It can teach them to question their negative thoughts instead of just accepting them. And it can improve their ability to deal with problems. Kids learn to be proactive by breaking down challenges into steps and conquering one step at a time.
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