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

CBT is based on the idea that your feelings or mood are hard to just change. If you could decide not to be sad or worried, you probably would have done that a while ago, and I would be out of a job! CBT proposes that our feelings are linked to our patterns in thought and behavior. In CBT, we look at how our thoughts and behaviors are contributing to how we feel, and make changes to improve mood.

— Alison Gurley, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

I am extremely passionate about CBT as a practice for anxiety, depression, and various other mental health conditions. This treatment method addresses negative beliefs and how these beliefs affect our emotions and behaviors. It allows us to get deeper than just the problematic behavior and in order to address issues at their root.

— Sam Weiss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

My theoretical orientation is cognitive behavioral therapy with an emphasis on development and social learning theory. I use a trauma focused lens and a sex positive perspective for all clients. However, the therapeutic experience is a collaborative one where the client and therapist work together. You choose the goal and together we discover a way to achieve that goal.

— Farrah Bonnot, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Denton, TX

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

We will explore the thoughts behind the behaviors and learn or re-learn positive alternatives.

— Alexandra Stark, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Brecksville, OH

I use CBT as a way to help clients move beyond self-awareness to self-exploration in order to increase self-control with compassion and helpful thinking. I address the three central negative core beliefs of worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness and how they impact our everyday thinking. Clients will learn to recognize illogical and unhelpful thoughts, how to use emotions for their purpose and how to change their behavior to be in line with their core values.

— Tiffany Lindley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

Are you guilty of allowing your thoughts to sabotage your dreams, ambitions, or relationships? Do people in your life have a difficult time differentiating between when you are disappointed vs. angry, sad vs. angry, or depressed vs. angry? Utilizing CBT, I assist clients in identifying unhelpful beliefs and behaviors, identifying and regulating their emotions, and developing solutions to achieve the life they visualize.

— Tracie Carter, Clinical Social Worker

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 specialize in helping young adults and couples to overcome trauma, depression, and anxiety. I can also help those struggling with a developmental disability, substance abuse, relational issues, or personality disorder. I work with both neurotypical and neurodivergent adolescents and couples.

— Koba Psychological Services Practice, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Hermosa Beach, 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 ,

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

I work with individuals to identify their thought processes, and the impact of those thought processes on their emotions, behaviors, and subsequent decision-making. Within this, the client is seen as the “expert,” and the therapist is a facilitator in the process of identifying strengths for the client to build upon for self-improvement. I incorporate a direct-yet-compassionate approach to help clients make progress towards becoming their best selves.

— Dr. Lisa Pittman, Psychologist in Ashburn, VA

Much of my training was in my PhD and beyond has been in CBT. Our thoughts really have a powerful influence on our behaviors and feelings; however, many times we accept our thoughts as they are without question. Using socratic strategies, I often find that clients can uncover deeper themes in their patterns of thinking and nonjudgmental awareness of these themes translates into enormous power in terms of self-awareness.

— Calvin Fitch, Psychologist in Boston, MA

I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy concepts, otherwise known as CBT, to explore connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to make shifts in how life is approached. Adlerian theoretical concepts, such as the importance of belonging, striving for purpose, and understanding patterns is my foundational approach to structuring treatment. And within these theories I use art, sand tray, play, and talk to navigate the course of therapy.

— Andrea Picard, Counselor in Chicago, IL

I have a very strong background in cognitive behavioral therapy due to my first work in the field (as a bachelor level social worker) focusing on behavioral modification. My work is heavily influenced by my understanding of the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and behavior and I've had the opportunity to help children, teens, and adults address various issues through cognitive behavioral treatment. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the preferred approach for many particular problems.

— Debbie Duquette, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, AL

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