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Overview Of CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for a wide variety of mental and physical health conditions. This information handout describes some of the key CBT principles.

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Overview of CBT is a simple explanation of how early experiences shape our core beliefs which, in turn, affect how we make sense of situations in the here-and-now.


This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:
  • Client handout - use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point - use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool - improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource - use as a learning tool during training


  • Beck, A. T. (Ed.). (1979). Cognitive therapy of depression. Guilford Press.