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Cognitive behavioural therapy is an active type of counselling. Sessions usually are held once a week for as long as you need to master new skills. Individual sessions last 1 hour, and group sessions may be longer.
During cognitive behavioural therapy for eating disorders, you learn:
You can use your cognitive behavioural skills throughout your life. You may find that additional "tune-up" sessions help you stay on track with your new skills.
CBT is used to treat the mental and emotional elements of an eating disorder. This type of therapy is done to change how you think and feel about food, eating, and body image. It's also done to support healthy eating habits and prevent relapse.
CBT can be helpful for eating disorders because it can help you change the way you think about your body and about food. It can also help you learn healthier behaviour related to food and eating.
There are no known risks associated with cognitive behavioural therapy.
Current as of: October 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & W. Stewart Agras MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry
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