You have reported on the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy. How do I find a therapist who uses this approach? —M.H., Chadds Ford , Pa.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to change the way you cope with difficult situations or conditions by training you to think about them in a positive, constructive manner. Studies have shown the therapy to be helpful for a number of physical and emotional problems, including chronic pain, depression, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias. To find a therapist who uses CBT, ask your doctor for a referral, or consider the therapist locators at the Web sites of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.
This article first appeared in the August 2008 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.