In CBT we focus on changing our thoughts and behaviour in order to change the way we feel. But sometimes we experience a difficult or unpleasant emotion and our thoughts about our situation are accurate, and we’re behaving in a reasonable manner. When that’s the case, changing our thoughts or behaviour may not have much of an effect on our emotions. Or maybe we’re just finding it too difficult to modify our thoughts or behavior.
But there’s another option. Instead of changing how we’re thinking or acting, we can try to change the actual problem situation or event that’s responsible for how we’re feeling. And we do this by problem solving and coming up with an action plan to implement our solution.