Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-researched therapy method that focuses on how one’s thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their emotions -- and their subsequent behaviors or actions. The goal of CBT is to teach effective coping strategies for dealing with different problems throughout life.
One of the key aims of CBT is to learn to identify distorted thinking. When we can identify our “faulty thinking” we are better able to change direction and allow for the more rational, balanced thoughts. This then allows us to find ways to improve how we respond to challenging life circumstances.
Successful cognitive behavioral therapy sessions consist of a healthy collaboration between the psychotherapist and the client. Additionally, this therapy involves clear identification of the problem, establishing attainable goals, frequent feedback, homework assignments, and encouraging clients to practice using the skills outside of the sessions to promote positive behavioral change and growth.