Not all CBT approaches incorporate every strategy mentioned above. Instead, psychologists and patients/clients collaborate to understand the problem and develop a tailored treatment plan.
CBT places significant importance on empowering individuals to become their own therapists. Through in-session exercises and assigned “homework” tasks outside of sessions, patients/clients are guided in developing coping skills that enable them to proactively alter their thinking patterns, manage problematic emotions, and modify behaviors.
CBT therapists prioritize the present circumstances in a person’s life rather than solely focusing on the factors that have contributed to their difficulties. While some historical information is necessary, the primary focus is on moving forward and cultivating more effective ways of coping with life’s challenges.