Cognition is the person’s automatic thoughts. Cognitive therapy focuses on altering thinking & behavior patterns to reduce worry as well as anti anxiety medications.
- Helping the person to identify the negative thoughts.
- Becoming aware of errors in thought processing.
- Helping the person to restructure his thoughts in an alternative, flexible and positive (productive) way.
- Maintaining a daily diary where the record of thoughts and medications is kept.
This works by reducing the tendency to perceive the incoming information only through a negative light, and adopt a more positive view of life. It involves around twelve to twenty sessions