Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) assumes that feelings are largely determined by your thoughts (cognitions) and behavior.

If you look at important matters and events in your life from a negative point of view, you will feel more anxious, bleak or irritated. In CBT, together with your therapist, you investigate whether this way of thinking corresponds with reality. With the therapist you also look critically at your reaction to certain situations. How you act determines in many cases how you feel. If you are inclined to avoid certain situations out of fear, your tension will often increase rather than reduce.

CBT is a treatment focused on experiential learning. By thinking together and trying out new things, you experience that your anxious expectations often do not come true and your thoughts do not always correspond with reality. In this way, more freedom of action is created and negative views about yourself, others and the world are nuanced. It is an active form of treatment, in which you get started with questionnaires and exercises in the sessions.