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

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

CBT is integrated into every single appointment, whether or not we formally sit down and fill out worksheets. Over time, I will challenge you to think with more critical--but kind--awareness about your thoughts and your approach toward your life, so that you can get the most out of your relationship yourself, as you actually are.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

CBT helps improve your mood, anxiety and behavior by identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking that lead to depression and anxiety. During CBT, you will learn to identify harmful thought patterns and how to replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and thoughts. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

— Julianna Taillon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

By using directive CBT techniques, I am able to investigate with you the possible advantages and obstacles of your personal change and facilitate the awareness that they can be effective in bringing about your desired change. We agree on objectives that are evaluated and revised systematically to enhance your progress in therapy. When setbacks happen, I am there to help you reflect upon the skills that I taught you that are not working and adjust approaches while supporting their use.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL

Our practitioners have been utilizing CBT for many years to assist clients in addressing cognitive distortions which may be influencing the quality of their life.

— Family Counseling Center, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Saint Petersburg, FL

I am a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

— Guadalupe Cesar, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

I am certified in CBT and use CBT as a baseline intervention to help empower clients and give them practical skills they can use and master. CBT can be great when challenging your ED voice and trying to create recovery reframes as you work through recovery.

— Gabrielle Morreale, Counselor in Ambler, PA

Bringing awareness and acceptance to how you think and what you do can help you feel supported and understood. Naming what is happening in your life gives you affirmation and power. Let's boost your ability to understand and accept yourself, so that you can make affirming and realistic change.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

Extensive continuing education classes, and extensive reading and review of current published literature

— Sidney Cohen, Clinical Psychologist in Cherry Hill, NJ

I am certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy! CBT examines and shifts core beliefs in an effort to improve your emotional and behavioral wellbeing. This type of therapy has been shown to be highly effective across demographics and many different kinds of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and trauma.

— Christopher Schamber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Sherman Oaks, CA

CBT is considered the gold-standard care for depression and examining the ways that our thoughts impact our feelings and behaviors can be beneficial for many people experiencing stressful life events. I have received extensive training in CBT throughout my career and I am ready to help you address any unhelpful thoughts that might be getting in the way of the life you want to have!

— Beth Perlmutter, Clinical Social Worker

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

CBT is a great therapy that I use in combination with the other techniques that I'm trained in. I will combine CBT with ACT and URT to give my clients a well-rounded experience. Not all treatments are "cookie cutter" and work for everyone. It is my job to incorporate my training and experience into your sessions so you have a variety of options and aren't stuck in a routine that simply feels like its not benefiting you.

— Shannon Mosher, Licensed Professional Counselor in Kingwood, 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

There are strong connections between how we think, how we behave, and how we feel. The more we understand how our thoughts fuel our behaviors, the more we are able to change our behaviors in ways that help us feel better and achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

— Heather MacLeod, Clinical Social Worker in Tuscaloosa, AL

CBT therapy has been one of the most effective ways that I have helped individuals be the change that they want to see in their lives. CBT allows individuals the ability to see how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected. Once individuals are able to recognize these connections, then they can engage in the process of change.

— Phaecia Ward, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Wayne, IN