Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Advanced Practice Nursing: An Overview

Sharon Morgillo Freeman, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC


October 17, 2006

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Advanced practice nurses (APNs) act as coach, mentor, and guide in order to provide necessary education, counseling, and skills training for individuals they treat. In counseling and therapy interactions, the approaches become more complicated as psychiatric medication, physical complications, and psychological conditions interplay. The end result is that APNs are requesting specialized, empirically tested evidence to guide their practices. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) meets the scientific standard for effective techniques and interventions that are empirically based. Therefore, CBT is the ideal vehicle for the APN to guide counseling and education interactions with individuals. This paper presents a broad overview of cognitive behavioral interventions that can be used in any setting of APN practice.


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