The Lowdown: CBT, effective for treating many different types of disorders, is based on the tenant that thoughts control behavior. So if you identify your unproductive thoughts and learn to change them, your behavior will change along with them. This is done through journaling, assessment of ideas, thoughts or beliefs, facing activities which have been avoided, focusing on the present moment and learning relaxation and breathing techniques.
This is a much more solution-oriented form of treatment, often adapted for your garden variety self-help books. While you may spend time talking about your childhood, you will spend more time learning techniques for dealing with your problems.
You'll like this if: You are goal-oriented and like to know you'e working on something tangible.