Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy typically used by LCSWs that focuses on the relationship between a person's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT works by helping individuals recognize negative patterns of thinking and behavior and replace them with more positive and productive ones.

The therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and beliefs can lead to negative emotions and behaviors. By changing our negative thoughts and beliefs, we can change how we feel and behave.

CBT typically involves several steps:

  1. Identifying negative thoughts and beliefs: The LCSW therapist helps the person identify negative thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to their problems.

  2. Challenging negative thoughts and beliefs: The therapist helps the person challenge these negative thoughts and beliefs by questioning their accuracy and looking for evidence to support or refute them.

  3. Developing new, positive thoughts and beliefs: The therapist works with the person to develop new, positive thoughts and beliefs that are more accurate and helpful.

  4. Practicing new behaviors: The therapist helps the person practice new behaviors that are consistent with their new thoughts and beliefs.

  5. Monitoring progress: The therapist and the person regularly monitor progress and make adjustments as needed.

CBT has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others. It is typically a short-term therapy that can be completed in 10-20 sessions.