CBT is based on the cognitive model: the way we perceive, interpret, process, &/or feel we understand & experience situations (i.e., our thoughts) influences how we feel emotionally. How we feel emotionally (i.e., moods) subsequently influences our behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapists use a different formulation for each disorder or mental health-related issue. This issue-based, adaptable formulation conceptualizes the individual patient, whom is an essential component to developing a strong therapeutic relationship, setting goals, planning treatment, & selecting interventions. Building trust & rapport with patients from the moment of initial contact, demonstrating accurate empathy, sharing the conceptualization with the client (making sure it “rings true” for the client), & collaborating are also essential. Clients will ultimately learn skills involved in identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, & changing behaviors.