An Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Based in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Mark Cartwright currently works with patients at Carewright Clinical Services. A trained psychologist, he offers solution-focused and cognitive behavioral therapy to children and adults of various ages.

Cognitive behavioral therapy involves a psychologist assisting a patient in becoming aware of negative or inaccurate thoughts and providing new ways to address stressful situations. The mental health community often utilizes this short-term treatment for individuals facing anxiety and depression. Others experiencing stress may also benefit.

Cognitive behavioral therapy may take place on an individual basis or in a group setting. Generally, patients meet with therapists once a week for up to an hour. In the first session, the patient and therapist get to know one another and determine the goals of the treatment. In subsequent sessions, the patient discusses specific events or life issues, and the therapist works with him or her to discuss reactions and coping mechanisms. An action-oriented approach, cognitive behavioral therapy often includes homework assignments for the patient.


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