Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented form of psychotherapy  that has extensive research support for an assortment of mental health conditions including depression and anxiety. The general premise of CBT is that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors all influence one another in a bidirectional fashion, such that intervening on any one of these will in turn influence the others. The patient and therapist collaborate closely in service of setting concrete goals and developing a treatment plan aimed at achieving them. CBT targets dysfunctional thinking patterns and maladaptive behaviors through interventions including psychoeducation, self-monitoring, and skills training (e.g., challenging one’s thoughts, entering previously-avoided situations).  Between-session assignments will also be assigned to facilitate learning and generalization.