Many therapists use a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies when working with patients. In cognitive therapy, you discuss your thoughts and beliefs, what makes you think about certain things and how these thoughts affect you. The therapist is focused on helping you manage thoughts that cause anxiety, depression and other mental and emotional problems.
Behavioral therapy is often used in conjunction with cognitive therapy to help the patient find a resolution to problems. Behavioral therapy techniques helps people take actions which help to diminish fears or improve how they are feeling. Some behavioral therapist also teach techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises can help to curb emotional distress and allow you to more easily discuss difficult subjects and deal with them calmly.