Iris Mini: What is CBT?

A simple way to describe Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is with this quote: 

What you think and do affects what you feel. 

However, thinking, feeling, and doing all happen in your body, and they all have physiological changes in the brain or muscles related to them. So, in reality, the CBT model is a little more complex. 

CBT helps us understand where we get “stuck” in an unhelpful pattern. If we understand this, we can change our thinking and/or behaviors to help us to feel better. There are many aspects of cancer where we can get stuck in patterns. The thoughts and actions don’t change the realities of cancer, but they change how we cope.

Ask yourself, if I thought or acted differently, could I feel better? 

What is CBT? Making Sense of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A guide to understanding what CBT is and if it is best for you (video)

K G Blumenstein, A Brose, C Kemp, D Meister, E Walling, A S DuVall, A Zhang. Effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy in improving functional health in cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, Volume 175, 2022.