Cognitive therapists work with individuals, couples, families, or groups of people who have psychological problems. Cognitive therapy is performed in a variety of settings:
- Outpatient clinics
- Nursing homes
Sometimes, people have more than one problem and in these circumstances cognitive therapists often work closely with other professionals, including teachers, physicians, probation officers, and nurses. When treatment involves the combination of Cognitive Therapy and medication, cognitive therapists usually work closely with a psychiatrist or other physician (for example, a pediatrician or primary care physician).
This flexible and practical approach helps people change their negative or distorted thoughts, feelings and actions. Cognitive Therapy is used for psychological conditions including depression, anxiety and phobias, personality disorders, marital discord, bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, and even schizophrenia.