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What is the procedure of a typical cognitive behavioral therapy session when treating depression/anxiety?

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Dr. Neill Cohen
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
CBT fo A focus on "automatic thoughts" and behavior patterns.: A session often involves examining a thought log, or discussing often subtle forms of thinking, that can contribute to anxious and deoressed feelings, and maladaptive behavior patterns. Cognitive distortions, like "I am unattractive, and will never find a relationship" are carefully deconstructed to help the person attain a more accurate, and self enhancing outlook. Good suggestions about changing interaction patterns strengthen this process.

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