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The fact that CBT expanded to include fine-tuned interventions does not mean that it cannot assist with difficulties of living. It means that when a specific problem can be identified, a well-researched set of tools is available for use.

CBT has a clear and simple theoretical framework. We react to triggers around us. Anything from a difficult conversation to being cut off in traffic to our own thoughts while watching a TV show can be a trigger. 
As we react to our circumstances, our thoughts, emotions, body responses and behaviours are highly synchronized. It is impossible to feel joyful when contemplating a possible surgery or layoff. Yet it is easier not to be overwhelmed when we learn to put our thoughts in perspective and recognize that the pending surgery has a high recovery rate or that we have a sufficient set of marketable skills to look for a new position. Perspective taking can create enough emotional relief to allow us to enjoy whatever life still has on offer. Yet not everything is a faulty perspective. Bad things do happen. It is unfortunate that our own thought processes can stop us from doing what is needed to change our circumstances. 

Some people view CBT as too cold, too methodical or a “therapy by numbers” that misses the human element. Nothing is farther from the truth. The underlining philosophy of CBT is that therapeutic relationship is as important as the knowledge that the therapist brings to the table. However warmth without expertise is not sufficient for therapy to be effective. Neither is expertise without warmth and collaboration. Challenges are welcome. A cognitive behavioural therapist will not label anyone as resistant to change. Instead we will look at things that make the desired change difficult as problems to be understood and solved. Nobody stays distressed on purpose.  
About CBT

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy with a clear theoretical framework. CBT aims to relieve emotional distress and interpersonal difficulties in a supportive and collaborative manner and to impart a set of skills that enables those in need of help to become their own therapists.

CBT has been around for many years and produced a substantial body of research. This research produced a range of effective interventions to target depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. It also uncovered common maintenance factors -- such as overthinking, need for certainty and postponing of distress-inducing tasks to a achieve a short-term respite -- that make dealing with life pressures more difficult than it has to be. Many suffer needlessly as they rehearse life events in their minds and seem to be constantly planning for something that they are unable to do and blame themselves lack of implementation. Just think of a student who believes that she is unable to learn the material, gets too anxious to study, ultimately avoids going to school and ends by spending large amounts of time berating herself. 
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