In order to understand destructive thoughts and behaviors the therapy begins by helping the client to identify problematic beliefs. It is important for learning how thoughts, feelings and situations can contribute to maladaptive behaviors. Patients struggling with introspection can find it difficult but later it can lead to self-discovery and insights which are essential for the treatment. Secondly, the actual behaviors contributing to the problem are also given focus. The client begins to learn and practice new skills that can then be put in to use in real-world situations.
CBT is a gradual process that helps a person takes incremental steps towards a behavior change. It is about the client progressively being their own therapist on the road to recovery and maintaining these skills in order to secure long term well-being.