Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) sees that emotional disturbances result from negative or self-defeating thinking and self-talk. The basic rubric is the A-B-C theory of personality, in which an activating event, A, triggers a belief or cognition, B, and the cognitive influence of this belief produces an emotional or behavioral consequence, C. One goal of therapy is to replace inappropriate beliefs (B) with appropriate ones.
CBT approaches often use guided imagery or progressive relaxation techniques. These are very effective approaches to emotional change, and are a core of Dr. Mau’s approach.
Brief therapy approaches are often faster than CBT. Rothwell (2005) found Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to be effective more quickly than CBT, with substantive results in as few as two sessions.