Most psychological therapies share certain common features. Like other therapeutic approaches, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) recognises that good therapy demands a good therapeutic relationship between therapist and client, one underpinned by empathy and warmth.
However, CBT is different in some key respects.
To sum up, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) tends to be relatively brief in duration, educational, collaborative, and clearly structured. In particular, CBT is characterised by an active, directive problem-solving style focused on current difficulties.