Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a classic talk therapy technique that helps increase awareness of negative thinking in order to better handle challenging situations. In addition to helping those with mental health disorders (such as anxiety or depression), CBT is also helpful for anyone who is looking to learn how to manage stressful situations. Therapists that use CBT often have a structured program, which involves a set number of sessions. CBT is frequently paired with other treatments, such as medication, when necessary. Think this approach may be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s CBT experts today.

Meet the specialists

I've used cognitive behavior therapy techniques with my clients and in my own life to help overcome challenges. Overtime our experiences can create thoughts that lead us to believe certain things about ourselves. Sometimes these beliefs are good, (i.e., "I am a good dad") however sometimes these thoughts don't make us feel good (i.e., I am a failure). These thoughts can be challenged and changed to help you feel better about yourself and empower you to create new behaviors!

— Manny Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Clemente, CA

My Doctoral program placed a heavy emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and traditionally this is the therapy on which I have always relied the most heavily in my practice. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one the most evidenced base therapies in general and it is particularly effective in working with anxiety.

— Paige L. Freeman, Ph.D., PLLC, Psychologist

I have been utilizing CBT throughout my 20-year career to help people identify and challenge their cognitive distortions negatively impacting their day to day interactions, decisions, and self-esteem. Once people have the skill to identify and challenge their automatic thoughts, they can often do this independently and feel a sense of relief.

— Kirsten Hardy, Clinical Social Worker

What you think affects how you feel. When you feel better, you act better. The way you behave contributes to how you feel. CBT is empowering. We'll look at the interaction of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. When we examine your Core Beliefs- about yourself, your life, and your future, you will gain the power to change how you think about every situation you are in, and you can think, feel, and act more effectively.

— Kathryn Gates, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

All of our clinicians are trained in a CBT approach to treatment.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works by examining your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions of yourself and your environment. With CBT we learn that it's the 'thoughts' that control the feelings, and how to manage those thoughts to work to your advantage.

— deborah green, Creative Art Therapist in West Islip, NY

CBT evidence based treatment utilizing the Matrix model, CBT training from the Beck institute at Native American Connections, Evidence Based Practices in CBT by Jongsma. My approach using CBT is post modern and typically blends mindfulness and trauma informed care.

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

I have been using CBT as a treatment approach for over 10 years to help people with many different issues including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and coping with stressful changes. I have created treatment programs at hospitals where I have worked to use CBT for social anxiety and changing negative thinking patterns. I tailor the CBT approach to my individual client so it will be relevant to you and your issues.

— Sunita Shenoy, Psychologist in SAN FRANCISCO, CA

CBT is an active approach that challenges unhelpful thoughts and behaviors while encouraging change through managing emotions, learning positive ways to cope, and using problem solving to pragmatically deal with mental health symptoms. It utilizes worksheets and homework assignments to help gain a better understanding of symptoms and the thought process around them.

— Jacqueline 'Jackie' Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I have found CBT to be one of the most effective interventions out there. In CBT I provide psycho education on how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected. I assist clients in identifying negative or unhelpful thoughts, identify the feelings they cause and the behaviors. Through processing clients are able to dispute them and create more helpful thoughts which changes their feelings and behaviors.

— Chris McDonald, Licensed Professional Counselor in Raleigh, NC

I lean on a variety of methodologies, depending on the unique challenges of each of my clients. However, I am working hard on becoming certified in TEAM-CBT therapy, given its rapid, effective results in combating depression and anxiety.

— Jennifer Driscoll, Counselor in Mamaroneck, NY

Cognitive behavior therapy is an evidence-based modality that I learned in graduate school and have used ever cents. It is flexible and can be adapted to almost any issue that a client faces. I bring a more spiritual orientation to my understanding of CBT. The bottom line for me is that when we change our thoughts we change our experience.

— Sarah Murphy, Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA

As the granddaddy of therapy orientations, CBT gets a lot of press and recommendations from physicians and people who value evidence. Of course, what the data actually show is that the relationship between therapist and client is the only consistent factor in positive outcomes. This trusted alliance is the foundation upon which we tap into your brain's natural ability to make small changes to your thoughts and behaviors in order to reach the outcome you desire.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

Yeah, I am not really a fan of CBT. I listed it because it is the one people most readily know. The problem with CBT is that it is Just. So. Basic. That doesn't mean I don't know to use it, but if I do use it, you probably wouldn't know that it was happening. I know the concepts and how to apply them, but the most important aspect of change is the relationship between me and you. However, if you would like to quiz me on it, I am up for the challenge.

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

Almost every Counselor does CBT. It is the standard of care for many insurance companies and treatment programs. Most of my early reading was in this area. I am "problem-focused" and "action-oriented" with emphasis on making meaningful changes in your life.

— Greg Custer, Licensed Professional Counselor in Meridian, ID

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works strategically to help you identify your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how they all interact to create your internal world.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR