Cognitive Behavioral Interventions/Approach

Cognitive behavioral interventions are designed to reflect concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy, which examine the associations among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Cognitive behavioral interventions do not involve full cognitive behavioral psychotherapy; however, they do assist patients in identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs so they can be altered. Cognitive behavioral intervention approaches also help individuals to identify helpful and unhelpful behaviors, establish goals, and develop skills to solve problems and implement new behaviors to facilitate effective coping. Structured programs based on cognitive behavioral approaches may include activities such as education or relaxation training, may be provided in individual or group settings, and may be delivered in person, by telephone, or by other methods.