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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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

I primarily use CBT when working with problematic clutter/hoarding disorder. Twice a year, I facilitate a structured 16-week workship called “Buried in Treasures” for people who are overwhelmed by their possessions. I usually do one-on-one work after/concurrent with attendance at a Buried in Treasures workshop, but if you are unable to attend or need to get a start right away, let's talk.

— Naomi Painter, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

The fundamental principle of CBT proposes that our thoughts affect our emotions, which affect our behaviors. You will learn to uncover underlying thoughts, attitudes and belief systems you may have that are unhealthy, negative or rigid. Once we identify these unhealthy thought patterns our goal is to find ways to challenge and reframe them. We will also explore behavioral changes to support your new way of thinking and at times use these action goals to challenge your thoughts.

— Menije Boduryan-Turner, Psychologist in Woodland Hills, CA

CBT greatly benefited me, and I've seen it relieve many others. There are so many cognitive and behavioral changes that one can make to help alleviate symptoms, and I have personal and professional experience applying them successfully. CBT is a great first step in reducing symptomology.

— Rochelle Schwartz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

CBT is simply learning to pay attention to how you think; AKA "mindfulness". We all can tend to make "thinking mistakes". In other words, sometimes how we perceive things in a way that causes us to feel stress. There are several common "thinking mistakes". (black & white thinking, over-generalizing, catastrophizing, mindreading, "yes, but" thinking, should statements, etc,) By learning when you fall into these traps, you can begin to learn new ways of thinking about yourself and others. This, in turn, tends to help change the way we feel. It also helps us to feel more in control of our lives.

— Gordon Brewer, Counselor in Kingsport, TN

I use CBT with almost all of my clients so that they are able to challenge their thoughts and make changes to their behaviors that result in lasting reductions in their symptoms long after therapy is complete.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO

I have used cognitive behavioral therapy with people with various problems stemming from housing, bus pass, welfare, quest, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, divorce, abuse, TRO, criminal records, probation, parole, EAP, and alcoholics. Thinking patterns and errors in thinking are identified and changes are made through processing feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

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

If CBT is a good fit for you then we'll help you to look at the evidence for the negative thoughts and beliefs that influence your emotions. Rather than just believing these negative thoughts are true, we'll help you to be able to take a realistic perspective on situations that will make them easier to cope with. Throughout treatment, we will help you build coping skills such as relaxation techniques, and utilize worksheets to help you understand the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

— Dr. Kevin Hyde, Psychologist in Palm Harbor, FL

CBT has decades of research backing it up that demonstrates its' effectiveness in treating a number of issues that may bring one to speak with a counselor. It is a flexible, comfortable, and straight forward.

— Erin Hendrickson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ballwin, MO

I've been trained in a variety of CBTs, including Exposure Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which have been found effective for anxiety disorders, procrastination and major depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder, respectively. I deliver these treatments either "stand alone," or integrated with a more comprehensive treatment package. Although homework is a major component of these treatments, I use a secure client portal my clients use to do their homework electronically. It can even be downloaded on your phone or tablet, so you can implement your treatment on the go.

— Daniel Gaztambide, Psychologist in New York, NY

CBT is useful in identifying and changing unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors. I use a number of CBT worksheets and tools in my sessions to walk clients through identifying cognitive distortions and other unhealthy behaviors. Together, we work on understanding and possibly changing automatic reactions.

— Sima Kulshreshtha, Counselor in Seattle, WA

I have seven years of experience implementing CBT tools and techniques to address the challenges and barriers that my clients are experiencing.

— Beatriz Garcia, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Tustin, CA

CBT is often a great tool to help clients feel a sense of control in their lives by challenging dysfunctional beliefs and changing unhealthy behaviors. I have extensive training in this therapy modality.

— Catherine Bitney, Clinical Psychologist in Austin, TX

At the core, CBT recognizes the connection between our feelings, our perceptions and our actions. By examining each of these separately and together, we can recognize patterns that are helping and hurting us. CBT is great for folks with anxiety, depression and works well with kids and adults.

— Erin Copley, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy including use of Exposure and Response Prevention therapy to address anxiety disorders.

— Kate Sturges, Counselor in Portland, OR

CBT focuses on how our thoughts affect our emotions. Identifying core beliefs and negative self talk and reframing those thoughts can reduce negative emotional responses.

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