Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychotherapeutic intervention aimed at changing patterns of thinking in order to change the way one feels. Strategies used in CBT could include recognizing distorted thoughts and replacing them with more adaptive and realistic ways of thinking, as well as using problem solving skills to cope with difficult situations. Clients are encouraged to challenge irrational beliefs, ruminating, or assuming the worst will happen. Behavior changes are also an important element of CBT. Changing behavioral patterns can include facing one’s fears rather than avoiding them, learning and using relaxation skills, and role playing. CBT is intended to allow the client to use these skills throughout their life and “be their own therapist.” Cognitive behavioral therapy has found to be effective for a variety of difficulties including anxiety disorders, depression, substance use and eating disorders. Many studies find that cognitive behavioral interventions are supportive in improving quality of life and daily functioning.