Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a skill-based talk therapy focused on the relationship between a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Individuals with depression or anxiety often have pervasive, unrealistic, negative thoughts that adversely shape the way they view themselves, their environment and their prospects for the future. These thoughts can then lead to feelings of depression or anxiety, and if they persist, can interfere with relationships or level of functioning. CBT aims to provide a set of tools that allow the patient to manage negative thoughts by doing things like questioning the validity of these thoughts, altering one’s negative core beliefs, and ultimately changing one’s behaviors. CBT has been widely studied and proven to be effective for those who are able to incorporate these tools into their lives.