CBT CBT challenges maladaptive life patterns and beliefs to remove thinking errors or cognitive distortions. Replacing cognitive distortions like; Overgeneralizing, magnifying negatives, minimizing positives and catastrophizing" with thoughts based in facts void of negative judgments decreases emotional distress and self-defeating behavior" CBT Stages Assessment Reconceptualization; Skills acquisition; Skills consolidation and application training; Generalization and maintenance; Post-treatment assessment follow-up. The initial CBT Assessment involves the following: Identify critical behaviors, Evaluate critical behaviors,(obtain a baseline), attempt to decrease behaviors that are problematic.