Cognitive therapists focus on the present instead of visiting all the issues of the past.
Why? The simple answer is that research shows us it is not necessary for change. In fact, the fastest change occurs in therapy when a client has clear and specific goals for change and then collaborates with the therapist to learn and apply skills to make that change.
This issue is briefly discussed in a New York Times article titled: More and More, Favored Psychotherapy Lets Bygones Be Bygones by Alix Siegal.
[READ THE NY TIMES ARTICLE] Psychotherapy lets bygones be bygones ...