cognitive therapy

noun

Definition of cognitive therapy 

: psychotherapy that emphasizes the substitution of desirable patterns of thinking for maladaptive or faulty ones especially : cognitive behavioral therapy abbreviation CT — compare behavior therapy

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The virtual therapist talks the patients through, using cognitive therapy techniques to alter their perception of the experience. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 In the years after the accident, Coleman said Ian underwent physical, occupational and cognitive therapy for up to 20 hours a week. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Film a chronicle of Carlsbad teen's recovery," 9 May 2018 There is a serious role for counseling and rehabilitation, cognitive therapy and introspection in criminal justice case of this sort—and many others. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Audacity of Blaming 'Sex Addiction'," 11 Oct. 2017

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cognitive therapy

noun

Medical Definition of cognitive therapy 

: psychotherapy that emphasizes the substitution of desirable patterns of thinking for maladaptive or faulty ones especially : cognitive behavioral therapy abbreviation CT — compare behavior modification

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cognitive therapist noun

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