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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CBT is evidence-based intervention that works to change and challenging your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes improving your emotions and helping you with healthy coping strategies. CBT can be used for a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD. I can assist you in finding healthy coping strategies while learning about the thoughts, beliefs and attitude that don't serve you.

— Avni Panchal, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

We all tend to have certain ways we perceive situations that affect how we feel and how we approach situations. I aim to work with you to develop healthy thinking patterns to help you approach situations from an alternate mindset. The goal is to help you handle situations that may be uncomfortable or difficult to maneuver.

— Amy Recio, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I have extensive training in both CBT, DBT and Trauma-focused CBT and am a Certified Trauma Professional Counselor. I have worked with trauma survivors and their families over the past 20 + years.

— JoAngeli Kasper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sherman, TX

As the most widely studied and empirically-validated therapy modality, CBT is the gold-standard of treatment for a wide variety of mental health concerns. Using CBT tools, we work together to identify and change thinking and behavior patterns that are harmful or ineffective, and then we replace those patterns with more accurate, adaptive, and functional thoughts and behaviors. I am most heavily trained in CBT and use it as my front-line method because I've seen its efficacy in improving lives.

— Roxane Williams, Associate Clinical Social Worker in , CA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a powerful tool I use to help clients understand the link between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. In sessions, we'll explore patterns of thinking that may be holding you back and work on strategies to challenge and change them. CBT isn’t just about solving current problems, it’s about equipping you with skills to better handle future ones too. This approach is a journey of self-discovery and growth, and I'm here to guide you through it.

— Kendyl Davis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN

CBT is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and actions interact to create stress. In CBT, you learn to identify and modify the negative thoughts that influence your emotions and behaviors and change the behaviors that make problems worse. CBT interventions may include: information on condition; cognitive restructuring; relaxation skills (breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation); assertiveness training; and/or problem-solving skills.

— Mona Stribling, Psychologist in , FL

CBT is a model which I truly believe has the capacity to aid others in changing for good. I have been trained to administer it for children, up to senior adults. I believe that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are intertwined and when one of them becomes unhealthy, the others suffer. My mission is to utilize this modality to ensure that you feel symmetry in your life and maintain a sense of balance while achieving your goals.

— Dylan Daugherty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I have trained with the Beck Institute for CBT. Aaron Beck is the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT represented a massive shift from the formative psychodynamic approaches in psychotherapy to an approach that focuses on changing negative thinking patterns and taking action to better your life.

— Meghan Walsh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WESTBROOK, ME

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen a person's emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. CBT helps identify these thoughts and challenges and replaces them with more objective, realistic, and helpful thoughts.

— Justine Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , TX

CBT is the gold-standard treatment for depression & anxiety, and I've borne witness to its empowering potential in my own life as well as those of my clients. Built on the foundation of Stoic philosophy reaching back millennia, CBT challenges us to ask ourselves, in reference to our own thoughts: what is the evidence this is true? What is the evidence on the other side, that it may not be? What is the most logical view of the situation? Is this thought healthy and helpful, or counter-productive?

— Joey Sorenson, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

I have accrued many CEU hours in CBT and use it on a daily basis with my clients.

— Jen Fadden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chehalis, WA

CBT is a proven effective evidenced based therapy that works well with substance use disorders as well as co-occurring issues such as anxiety, adjustment disorders and depression. I believe the relationship of mind, emotions and behaviors need to be adjusted or changed in the therapy process in order to achieve long term abstinence from addictions. Often times I find in working with people they are carrying a heavy burden of guilt and shame created by the addiction and mental health disorder.

— Patrick Varney, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

CBT can be very helpful with challenging perfectionistic expectations many moms may have of themselves and the parenthood experience. We work to create new beliefs and thoughts that serve to reduce anxiety and improve mood.

— Kendra Olson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

This therapeutic technique helps take a closer look at beliefs or thoughts. When we can make small changes to our thoughts, we can have big changes in our feelings and actions.

— Patricia Bishop, Clinical Social Worker in Knoxville, TN

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

This method is one that has been around for a long time and is the cornerstone of many other modalities (DBT, ACT, REBT, etc.). This modality helps client to understand their own distorted thinking patterns, create more effective behavioral patterns, and create a more positive perception of themselves, others, and the world.

— Darcy Holm, Counselor in ,

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a skill-based treatment that focuses on the interconnection of one’s thoughts, behaviors, and emotional experiences. The therapist teaches techniques to examine and reduce unhelpful thoughts and implement new ways behaving outside of the sessions that result in desired emotional and behavioral outcomes.

— Hannah Brooks, Social Worker in New York, NY

CBT focuses on identifying distorted thought patterns and working to shift those patterns. We can build awareness around how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected and how changing our thought patterns can support in managing our emotions and changing our behaviors.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

I've been trained in various CBT methods since 2006, and use them regularly. My clients benefit from identifying unhelpful thoughts and perspectives which are keeping them stuck. I often pair CBT methods with mindfulness based techniques in order to provide a more well-rounded experience.

— Dr. Abrielle Conway, Psychologist in Cape Coral, FL