The Aaron T. Beck Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Research and Practice is dedicated to empowerment: for people who experience serious mental health conditions to live the life they desire; for providers to collaborate with these individuals to achieve that specific life. Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is an empirically-supported approach that operationalizes recovery and resiliency in a person-centered, strength-based manner. Through conducting basic research of factors that can stand in the way of recovery, we develop and validate new treatments, and disseminate and implement them into the public sector. CT-R applies across the range of settings and severity. It includes, i) a way to understand the challenges that can keep an individual from living his or her desired life, and ii) strategies for action that promote living life to its fullest. Individuals can go from feeling defeated to thriving, from being chronically institutionalized to participating happily in the community. By developing adaptive beliefs and self-confidence, individuals can flourish in the life of their choosing.