cognitive therapy

noun

: 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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An interdisciplinary approach provides patients with access to different options, including cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, exercise, physical rehab and even hypnosis. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 27 June 2022 The third project is to expand access to trauma therapy across the city by training counselors and mental health workers on racial trauma and alternatives to traditional cognitive therapy. courier-journal.com, 8 July 2022 That means, for example, pursuing technology to help with decision-making, coordinating care among doctors, or supporting cognitive therapy. Meredith Cohn, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 The father of four underwent a 14-week cognitive therapy course and began to educate himself about his mental illness, eventually learning how to manage it. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 6 June 2022 Physical therapy, cognitive therapy, support groups and rehabilitation have all been taking place in the metaverse even before the term existed. Eran Orr, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Brain fog and cognitive difficulties may be treatable in some patients with cognitive therapy approaches. Jack Gorman, Quartz, 24 Dec. 2021 Carson has admitted to undergoing a 14-week cognitive therapy course and educating himself about mental health after being diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Although some psychotherapists still question Dr. Beck’s approach, cognitive therapy began to be more widely accepted after 1980. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Cognitive therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cognitive%20therapy. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

cognitive therapy

noun

: 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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