At each therapy session, Dr. Stern empowers his clients with the skills to solve problems themselves. Dr. Stern words with the client to develop an “action plan” or homework to apply what was learned during the session to their day-to-day lives. These “action plans” implement solutions to changes in the client’s thinking and actions. This process gets clients actively involved in their own treatment. As the clients begin to see positive results, they recognize that the way to get better is to make small changes in how they think and what they do every day. When treatment ends, clients are able to use the skills and tools they have learned in therapy and become their own therapist for life.