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Key Terms

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy is sometimes used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis and addiction. The goal of this treatment is acceptance of life’s difficulties.


Cognition refers to how you think. Therapists can analyze your overall thought patterns to understand how best to help you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is currently the most commonly used form of therapy today. It can be used to treat a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia.


A term used to identify a defined condition. Mental health diagnoses are based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which classifies the specific criteria required to describe each diagnosis.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is widely used to treat depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse. It focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.


Thinking about thinking, the notion that if we have the power to observe our thoughts, we may also have the power to change them.


Personality or personality traits describe a person’s general style of interpreting and responding to their environment. Personality describes how you typically think and feel about the world around you and your place in it.

Treatment Plan

A treatment plan is a written plan detailing specific treatment goals