What Is CBT & How It Works

What Is CBT & How It Works


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method that focuses on problem-solving and changing patterns of behavior. 

The overall goal of this therapy is to rewire the way people view their struggles and difficulties. 

The Importance of Negative Thoughts

CBT is the belief that it is not the situation itself that upsets us…

Instead, it’s the negative meanings and feelings that we attach to these situations. 

If we continue to play the same thoughts in our minds over and over again, learning from them won’t be so easy. 

In other words, it’s like getting yourself stuck in one place.

Where Do These Negative Thoughts Come From?

Our thinking patterns are created during early childhood and can often become our default. 

These are known as automatic thoughts. Many things in life are simply beyond our control. Even when we try our best, mistakes happen. 

But it’s important to remember, that every mistake teaches us something.

CBT can help you explore and better understand why negative thoughts constantly come to mind, such as “I’m such a failure.” Or “No one likes me.”

When you start looking at things through a different lens, you no longer have to think about how other people view you. All you need to do is explore how you view yourself.


Some of the best lessons take place outside the classroom and are learned on our own time through trial and error.

You have what it takes to change your mindset in any situation. 

Studying positive, negative and neutral feelings throughout the week can help you pick up any patterns/triggers.

For example, if you catch yourself regularly feeling anxious before bed, that may be a sign you should revamp your night routine.  Understanding and studying your feelings can help remind you that you are in charge of your thoughts.

It’s Up To You

Digging deeper into your life can be challenging – but so worth it. After all, practice makes progress.

Here at Palo Alto Therapy, our experienced team is here for you via video therapy. 

You can call or text us at (650) 461-9026 or email info@paloaltotherapy.com for more information.