CBT focuses on how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors interact. A CBT approach asks, what life situations cause you to feel upset, what thoughts do you have during that distress, and what emotions do you feel at that time? And importantly, what actions (behaviors) do you take when you are feeling and thinking this way? Do they help you or not, and what do these experiences tell you about yourself? Are you happy with these experiences or do you want to change them?
As it turns out, the beliefs and thoughts you have about yourself, life, and others, deeply influences difficulties you might have, and can keep you stuck in negative feelings and thoughts. CBT is an empowering technique you can learn to apply in many life areas because it teaches you to become aware of your unique patterns of thinking and how you respond; once noticed, you can change these responses and learn how to think or feel differently about situations that upset you. Most of the therapies I use, including energy and bodily focused therapies, have a strong cognitive or thinking component.