Cognitive behavioral therapy has been characterized as a short-term, goal-oriented, focused form of psychotherapeutic counseling that is focused on identifying harmful patterns of thought, belief, or behavior that underlie individuals’ problems and issues. By identifying the source of individuals’ problems, the patient and therapist can work together to develop strategies for learning and implementing healthier and more productive modes of thought and behavior. In short, cognitive behavioral therapy is effective because it focuses on gaining a thorough understanding of how the individual’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes relate to or affect his or her behavior as a way of helping the individual to deal with emotional dysfunction. Cognitive behavioral therapy could be seen as the combination or merging of behavioral therapy with traditional psychotherapy due to its emphasis on understanding the relationship between one’s emotional problems, thoughts, and behaviors while also looking at the personal meaning that individuals attribute images or experiences as well as reflecting on patterns of thought. Used to treat a wide variety of conditions, cognitive behavioral therapy is often used today to treat depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, mood and personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and even substance abuse disorders and addictions.