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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I started my career 12 years ago using strictly client centered/person centered and CBT. I have since added to my list of theoretical orientations however, CBT remains evidenced based and structured in a way that is helpful for many types of issues. It is a goal oriented and short term approach. It is an orientation that is easily used concurrently with others such as DBT or EMDR which makes it extremely versatile and effective.

— ShannonElaine John, Counselor in Fort Morgan, CO

This method can be very helpful in learning to manage daily stress and anxiety

— Aaron Wells, Psychotherapist in Burlington, VT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on understanding how our thoughts, behaviors, and mood are all impacted by one another. CBT provides a framework and techniques to address distorted thoughts and distressing behaviors.

— Sage Grazer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

CBT focuses on challenging those whirling, repetitive, often unconscious thoughts that can happen throughout the day. Often those thoughts are there to serve and protect us, but when they start to bring us down, start to panic, or feel bad about ourselves with so much inner criticism, it's time to flip the switch on those. But how? CBT is renowned for this. What do you get out of it? You get to feel better. It's also short term and a skill you take with you. For life. How great is that?

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

CBT helps people discover the negative thoughts that are creating suffering. You and I examine those thoughts and identify the evidence for, or against, them. The purpose of this treatment is to help you address the false negative self talk that is driving depression, anxiety, low self esteem and other distress.

— Cassandra Cannon, Clinical Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

Change your attitudes and your behavior by focusing on your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes.

— Iris Cruet-Rubio, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

I taught CBT at Avila University and in the depression clinic at Charter Psychiatric Hospital for 5 years.

— Bernard Sullivan, Clinical Psychologist in Overland Park, KS

I have experience providing talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals and families since 2003. I work with individuals and families who are experiencing unhelpful negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and help them to gain the skills needed to experience more helpful rational ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving as well as manage their anxiety, depression, etc.

— Katherine Wismer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Placentia, CA

In CBT, we look at how our thoughts, feelings, reactions, and behaviors are all interconnected. By being able to identify how each of these interplay, we can better work together to find alternative patterns that - rather than result in anxiety, fearfulness, depression, etc. - can alleviate these symptoms and help you not only identify triggers but provide yourself alternative/healthier coping mechanisms.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Simply put, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT for short), is the practice of understanding how thoughts influence behaviors. In the process of examining your thoughts, we'll work on identifying what thoughts are helpful vs not helpful, and how to manage each category in ways which feel more manageable. I have been combining traditional CBT with DBT since 2012 in my practice, and have found clients achieve more success, and faster, with this approach.

— Kelly Lynch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plantsville, CT

I interned for two years in a mood and anxiety disorder clinic that provided training and supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have also received additional education in CBT for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

— Bianca Martinez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I have utilized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) throughout my work in the mental health field. I help clients to identify their thoughts and behaviors that are not working, and adopt more effective thoughts and behaviors to help improve their situation.

— Julie Hartsock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hanover, PA

I have received specialized treatment in CBT and regularly use concepts throughout therapy sessions.

— Uchechi Ukuku, Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

CBT aims to looks at the thought patterns, beliefs and behaviors that trigger and maintain issues such as depression, anxiety, etc. I completed a year long clinical fellowship in CBT and gained extensive experience working with many anxiety disorders such as: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias, Health Anxiety Disorder. I trained in Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

— Sara Morrow, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL

I focused on the thoughts that clients are having as thoughts lead to feelings and actions. The mind is very powerful.

— David Veach, Counselor in Centennial, CO

CBT is the approach I favor. Many. though obviojusly not all, problems are rooted in negative emotions and actions based on interpretations, often not fully conscious, of what something that has happened in the client's life means. Sometimes these interpretations are not accurate; other times not, and the results when they are not can be unnecessary emotional turmoil. Behavior change itself can also change people's lives, leading to new thoughts and emotions.

— Milton Mankoff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CBT guides therapy with foundational tools and skills. For clients seeking to gain practical tools to use in daily life, CBT can be a game-changing modality. I have found that using CBT as a foundation but expanding the work through mindfulness-based therapist or EMDR can create lasting, meaningful change.

— Meghan Leonard, Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX

Beliefs are often unconscious and go unquestioned. Paradigms of thinking can severely limit our potential for growth. My counseling philosophy is founded on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which challenges people to examine automatic thoughts that may be causing them undue distress. Once brought to light, limiting beliefs can be replaced with empowering ones. Then, more fulfilling habits naturally follow, and sustained positive change can happen.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

CBT-I is the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. Seventy-eighty percent who try CBT-I get significantly better sleep. Improvements can last 10+ years. It is the key to learning to sleep without sleeping pills. It works for insomnia related to depression, anxiety, cancer, pain, childbirth & menopause.

— Ellen Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I assist clients with understanding how one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected. Once the client is able to eliminate unhealthy thought patterns and develop more accurate and positive thought patterns, change occurs that supports a healthier and more enriching life for the client.

— Tiffanie Turner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

I use a variety of tools/ techniques from CBT to meet each individual need.

— Nyamah Bee-Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

I am trained and regularly effectively use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my work with adults and adolescents, especially in treatment for anxiety and depression.

— Corinne Allen, Associate Clinical Social Worker

Since my undergraduate studies many moons ago, I've been studying CBT. It has been part of my therapy tool belt since the beginning, and many supervisors and textbooks have helped me hone my skills. While CBT can feel too structured for some, I have learned to work with it in both standard and flexible ways to help make it work for people. For me, CBT is about knowing when our interpretations of the events in our lives are taking us from pain to suffering and seeing if we can rein things in.

— Jessica Israelstam, Psychotherapist in ,

I integrate and teach CBT tools with children, adolescents and adults primarily in therapy.

— Sabrina Gabel, Clinical Psychologist in Burlingame, CA

CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself - Beck. Working with clients I use CBT techniques to help solve current problems and teach you skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. Changing your unhelpful thinking and behavior can lead to improvement in your mood and functioning.

— Kathleen Nelson, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI

Helping clients change their negative thought processes and learn to alter them into healthier positive coping mechanisms.

— Elizabeth Camargo Garcia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I have completed multiple training in CBT. I am certified in a CBT program called Pesky Gnats designed to work on catching our negative automatic thoughts. I also have a Family Focused CBT program when working with a family.

— Brandy Peoples, Counselor in Oologah, OK