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cognitive therapy

a form of therapy for depression in which the goal is to diminish symptoms by correcting distorted thinking based on negative self-perceptions and expectations.
Also called cognitive behavior therapy. Unabridged
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  • cognitive therapy is important among these; we will discuss its purpose and methods later.

  • Rational-emotive therapy is the most widespread approach to cognitive therapy, so we will examine Ellis's approach in some detail.

  • cognitive therapy, discussed in Chapter 10, is especially concerned with this influence of thoughts on emotions.

British Dictionary definitions for cognitive therapy

cognitive therapy

(psychol) a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to change the way he sees the world and himself: used particularly to treat depression
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cognitive therapy in Medicine

cognitive therapy n.
Any of a variety of techniques in psychotherapy that utilize guided self-discovery, imaging, self-instruction, and related forms of elicited cognitions as the principal mode of treatment.

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