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

  1. Assessment
  2. Reconceptualization;
  3. Skills acquisition;
  4. Skills consolidation and application training;
  5. Generalization and maintenance;
  6. 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.