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.

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“Mind over Mood” and “Mindfulness” are frequently referenced and powerful concepts in 21st century thinking about our cognitive behavioral management of anxiety and depression. I believe these ideas have become a response to our heightened experience of an overstimulating world where it seems that we are out of control of many things. CBT uses many different tools to help us reconnect with our “center” - that internal place of calm and curiosity in the midst of the whirlwind.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a widely-utilized treatment for anxiety, depression, and negative self-image. CBT helps people examine and change their negative thoughts, which in turn impacts emotions and behaviors. CBT is interwoven into my therapeutic approach, alongside mindfulness, motivational interviewing, solution-focused work, and Ecotherapy. CBT training was at the cornerstone of my graduate program and internships.

— Amy Lajiness, Therapist in La Jolla, CA

I've been trained in various types of CBT including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia; Cognitive Processing Therapy (a type of CBT specific to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder), and CBT for anxiety and depression. CBT helps you take a closer look at how your thoughts might be impacting your feelings and choices. Getting new perspective on thoughts can help you change your thoughts to those that are more helpful for your life, so you begin to feel better.

— Kathryn Tipton, Counselor in Houston, TX

I frequently use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - sometimes alone or in combination with other therapies ― for clients experiencing depression or anxiety. Many people find it helpful to gain better understanding of the thoughts, emotions and beliefs surrounding a particular problem in their life. Challenging the thoughts and beliefs and understanding their origin can lead to new insights growth and a new ways to experience the same challenge.

— Whitney Showler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City, CA

The premise of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is that our thoughts or perceptions of events in the world become skewed or distorted thereby affecting how we feel and ultimately how we behave or act.

— Noorayne Chevalier, Therapist in Detroit, MI

CBT is about the beliefs and assumptions that drive our thinking and acting. Sometimes our beliefs are incorrect. Sometimes they are just out of date. CBT helps you assess what influences you so you can delete or upgrade as needed to fit your current life.

— Don Zablosky, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

I am trained in CBT through the Penn Collaborative.

— Okichie Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Philadelphia, PA

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an active, collaborative treatment based on the cognitive model, which assumes that the way that we think about, or perceive, situations impact our emotional and behavioral reactions. CBT is well-research and has been shown to be effective for a wide range of psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, insomnia, and more. CBT works by targeting the thoughts and perceptions about situations to help us change the way that we respond.

— Nicholas Moore, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Solution Focused, Narative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian And psychodynamic therapies. I use a multi-pronged approach: we work on the presenting problem(s), which means finding working solutions, gain insight to what underlies them, and find effective coping strategies that you can use that same day.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

In treating sex offenders, CBT is the treatment of choice to help the offender identify cognitive distortions, including criminal thinking patterns, identifying risk factors, developing a relapse prevention plan and reducing risk of offense or re-offense. CBT can be very effective, especially when combined with other approaches such as transactional analysis, psychodynamic, family and reality therapy.

— Stephen Finstein, Therapist in Dallas, TX

I incorporate CBT-based interventions into my therapeutic work and find that creating a deeper understanding of our underlying thoughts can be immensely transformative.

— Kristin Boyd, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Anaheim, CA

Emotions are often related to thoughts (or cognitions) that reflect beliefs that you have about yourself and others. CBT is focused on identifying irrational thoughts and beliefs that contribute to feeling bad and helping find ways to cope with, challenge and replace them in order to feel better.

— Matthew Beeble, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

The negative thoughts, extreme ways of thinking, relationship between what we feel/think/and do is at the heart of what CBT is.

— Adriana Scott-Wolf, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rockville Centre, NY

Through analysis of authomatic thoughts and implementation of ways of changing these thoughts, clients learn to reject negative core beliefs.

— Barbara Plavnicky, Licensed Professional Counselor in Orange, CT

What you think as you go through your day 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

CBT is a hands on and and practical approach to solving problems. CBT helps overcome self-esteem issues, negative thinking patterns and negative life cycles! CBT helps people become aware of when they make negative interpretations, and of behavioral patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking. Situations and events in your life will create a belief about yourself or the situation which can then lead to consequences or negative thinking patterns. Let's overcome negative cycles together!

— Karissa Roy, Counselor in Austin, TX

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps clients and patients understand how their thoughts and emotions influence their behavior.

— Ellen Biros, Counselor in SUWANEE, GA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - How your thoughts impact your feelings and behaviors.

— Ali Zandi, Clinical Psychologist in Seal Beach,

Understanding thoughts, behaviors and actions and finding new ways of coping with them is at the core of cognitive behavioral therapy.

— Daniela Paolone, Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

I believe most of our issues come from faulty thinking. I use CBT with my clients to focus on the thoughts that lead to feelings that ultimately lead to behaviors. If you can start with the thought and challenge it that is a huge first step in seeing your life from a different perspective.

— Dean Ross, Counselor in Nashville, TN

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of my favorite techniques. There is a great deal of research behind this being an effective intervention for clients who are struggling with many things, including eating disorders, feelings of depression, and feelings of anxiety. I have been trained in Beck's approach to CBT as well as Ellis' approach to REBT.

— Danielle Wayne, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

I believe in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a tool to change lives in the way we respond to stress, depression, anxiety, disappointment, and pain. I approach every session ready to support clients to resolve emotional triggers, linked to thoughts and unwanted behavior patterns. In addition, I offer clients additional tools such including individualized Emotional Freedom Techniques to pair with CBT practice.

— Brandi Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,