Cognitive therapy is not simply positive thinking. It is not just thinking affirmations or positive thoughts and repeating them many times a day.

The fact is that positive thinking alone doesn’t work. Why? Because when people are depressed or anxious, their thoughts tend become inaccurate and simply repeating a positive statement which may also be inaccurate has little effect at changing negative feelings. More powerful tools are needed. Tools like learning how to analyze the thoughts that accompany the negative feelings, or learning to assertively fight back against these negative thoughts and feelings. Cognitive Therapists teach a large number of thinking skills that allow clients to take charge of their thoughts.