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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT ) is the idea that our thoughts and feelings play parts in driving behaviors consciously or not. For example, a person who spends a lot of time thinking about plane crashes, runway accidents and other air disasters may find themselves avoiding air travel without possibly knowing why.
The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach you that trying to control every aspect of the world around you leads to distress and/or cognitive distortions, but you can work to identify these dynamics and reframe/restructure them through processing to decrease symptoms and improve overall functioning of behaviors. Cognitive behavior therapy is recommended for short term therapy needs or symptoms related to anxiety/depression which impacts daily functioning.