It is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy does not exist as a distinct therapeutic technique. The term "cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)" is a very general term for a classification of therapies with similarities. There are several approaches to cognitive-behavioral therapy, including Multimodal Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectic Behavior Therapy.

However, most cognitive-behavioral therapies have the following characteristics:

1. It is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response
2. It can be Brief and Time-Limited
3. It is a collaboration based on a positive relationship
4. It follows a Stoic philosophy
5. Uses Socratic dialogues
6. It is Structured and semi-directive or directive
7. It uses an Educational Model
8. Assignments are also an important part