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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A lot of my training and background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT helps you retrain your brain to think differently instead of jumping into negative thinking patterns and behavioral patterns. I also love to give homework and believe that CBT homework helps client's stay engaged in between sessions which is helpful for healing.

— Anne Rice, Licensed Professional Counselor in Avondale Estates, GA

I studied CBT in my graduate program and in my continuing education. I stay informed by reading books and articles including CBT for Perinatal Distress. I help set the agenda and keep time, I am genuine and empathetic, I collaborate with my clients and focus on key thoughts and behaviors.

— Brittney Roberts, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy.

— Catherine Sullivan-Windt, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

Rebecca is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has utilized these techniques to address other challenges that an individual may be facing (e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.).

— Rebecca Neubauer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have expertise in evidence-based psychotherapies for a range of individual mental health concerns, including PTSD, anxiety, and depression. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the gold standard treatment approach for anxiety and depression. I also have specialized training in CBT-informed trauma-focused treatments, including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure.

— Susan Iyican, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Solana Beach, CA

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. (APA, 2019)

— Lizabeth De Loera, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

CBT focuses on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. Feeling distressed may distort one’s perception of reality. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality, and, if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them.

— Jennifer Forster, Counselor in West Linn, OR

I combine CBT with emotionally focused therapy to help clients works with their thoughts and emotions to address emotional problems

— Pauline Everette, Therapist in Detroit, MI

Our thoughts can often be distorted and lead to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors. I can help to sort through the thinking errors and help you learn to adjust your thinking so that life is more manageable.

— Coral Krueger, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

I use an eclectic approach incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and other types of CBT, like ACT, DBT and MBCBT to help clients recognize maladaptive thinking patterns and begin to use adaptive, healthy thinking strategies to manage day to day situations and life stressors.

— Cara Maksimow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in chatham, NJ

Looking at the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and ways to change thoughts and behaviors to help shift feelings. An evidence-based approach found to be helpful for a range of presenting problems. Can be adapted and used with all age groups, including children.

— Christine Brent, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

CBT focuses on both the way you think and the way you behave to address any issue.

— Amanda Ruiz, Counselor in East Petersburg, PA

ACT therapists work a little differently..rather than changing or pushing away thoughts, we teach clients to allow, even welcome, all thoughts and feelings and learn to process and observe them all so we can choose those that move us toward a satisfying life of meaning.

— Julie Noble, Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a research supported approach that starts with the idea that what we think about a situation and what we do has a huge impact on how we feel. In order to feel different, we often need to think different, talk to ourselves different and do different. First.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA

CBT is a gold-standard approach that can be used to address numerous diagnoses. All of my clinical training has involved CBT approaches, and I integrate CBT into my work.

— Ivy Hall, Psychologist in , CA

“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 is highly researched, and has been for years. It's highly effective for many struggles that we are facing. It's focus is to help identify and restructure long-standing thought patterns that create self-limiting beliefs. Many times, people face these limiting beliefs about themselves and others, without realizing how they got there. Together, we will bring these thoughts, behaviors, and actions to the level of concious awareness, so we can begin to work through it.

— Lana Royle, Licensed Professional Counselor in South Jordan, UT

Here at Blossom, we deviate slightly from the traditional CBT approach. Although we incorporate many traditional CBT components into our approach, we tend to focus on what’s called Positive CBT. Positive CBT is different from traditional CBT because we focus more on your strengths and well-being rather than your unhealthy, maladaptive thoughts. We use the same techniques but with a positive spin so that you can make the most of your strengths!

— Blossom Counseling & Wellness LLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collegeville, PA

CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is well validated in the literature as one of the most effective treatments for anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, relationship problems, and addiction.

— Brittany Bate, Psychologist in Cary, NC

Our thoughts have so much more power than we give them credit for! Understanding our thoughts and the patterns that created them and then challenging those same thoughts can be life-changing. I work with clients to identify the often long held beliefs they hold that might be limiting them from pursing the relationships, careers, or other goals that they desire.

— Lindsay Bong, Counselor in Portland, OR