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 have an MSW from UCLA where I focused on CBT. Seeing, questioning, exploring our actions/behaviors with deeper awareness & understanding can be a window into understanding why we do what we do. We can then more clearly understand the people we have become & why & make the changes we wish to make. Our behaviors are like clues to our inner truths, that can lie below what appears on the surface even to ourselves.

— Lara Plutte, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I use CBT to help clients incorporate healthier thoughts and behaviors into their everyday life.

— Alyssa Podgorni, Counselor

Professionally trained and practice for 15 years.

— Tamara C. Taylor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Yeah, I am not really a fan of CBT. I listed it because it is the one people most readily know. The problem with CBT is that it is Just. So. Basic. That doesn't mean I don't know to use it, but if I do use it, you probably wouldn't know that it was happening. I know the concepts and how to apply them, but the most important aspect of change is the relationship between me and you. However, if you would like to quiz me on it, I am up for the challenge.

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

As the granddaddy of therapy orientations, CBT gets a lot of press and recommendations from physicians and people who value evidence. Of course, what the data actually show is that the relationship between therapist and client is the only consistent factor in positive outcomes. CBT simply involves a trusted alliance between you and your therapist, who consistently helps you process the impact of your thoughts and behaviors and make small changes to get the outcome you desire.

— Kayce Hodos, Counselor in Wake Forest, NC

Quintessential Health only utilizes evidence-based treatments, with a specialty focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

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

As part of my doctoral training, I received specialized training in CBT which included two years of intensive didactics and hands-on workshops. My three years of supervised practical experience treating adults with a variety of conditions included completing a doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology, Alexandria V.A. Health Care System (APA Accredited).

— Dr. Ydalith Rivera-Perez, Psychologist in Houston, TX

I have advanced training in various CBT models, such as Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and David Burn's TEAM-CBT. Participating in weekly practice groups for a year at David Burn's Feeling Good Institute deepened my understanding of this evidence-based model. When I use CBT, I tend to deepen the approach by drawing on Schema Therapy, which is an offshoot of CBT that also incorporates mindfulness meditation.

— Joy Linn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. (Wikipedia) Changing how one thinks/views something can change behavior.

— Jessica VerBout, Marriage & Family Therapist in Minnetonka, MN

CBT is one of the most helpful modalities in therapy and I use it extensively. It helps give clients hope of improving their situation, helps develop self-esteem, helps people relax, and develops a more rational thought process.

— Ashley Gentil, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I am highly trained in many versions of CBT, but when working with folks with eating disorders, I lean on Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E). It is an effective approach to binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia.

— Brandi Stalzer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor