Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of psychotherapy that analyzes the connection between thoughts, beliefs, and actions in order to treat mental illness. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, CBT is more focused on problem solving, teaching patients specific skills that they can use in their daily lives, such as those involved in modifying beliefs and changing behaviors. CBT encourages patients to challenge their own problematic beliefs in order to prevent the detrimental behavior those beliefs would normally cause. It is an active form of therapy where the patient must engage with the therapist in targeting the issues in order to achieve results. The patient comes away from the therapy with the skills necessary to manage their negative thoughts on their own. In a sense, they learn to become their own therapist.