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 find that CBT and mindfulness CBT give an excellent framework to assist many different types of clients with various issues and concerns. It is evidence-based and has positive outcomes.

— Heather Douglas, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC
 

I received top-notch training in CBT while earning my doctorate at the University of Washington. Additionally, I am currently a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) supervisor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

— Alissa Jerud, Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, PA

There may be a pattern of thinking or stress you’re caught in that is a barrier to you feeling your best or achieving what you hope to. Unhelpful thought patterns can also become a wedge in our relationships with loved ones or even in work places. An unhealthy habit or toxic thinking are like a weed in the mind, and together we will uproot it and replace it with health thoughts and behaviors.

— Katheryn de Arakal, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Solution Focused, Narative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian And psychodynamic therapies. I use a multi-pronged approach: we work on the presenting problem(s), which means finding working solutions, gain insight to what underlies them, and find effective coping strategies that you can use that same day.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

The majority of the interventions that I utilize are CB in nature. I often set goals with clients and ask them to work on specific goals of their choosing between sessions. I believe that understanding our thoughts and core beliefs can help us to change ones that are not helpful or healthy and impact our emotional state and how we cope with difficult emotions. I utilize the ABC technique, journaling, thought stopping and reframing, amongst others.

— Christina McGrath Fair, Counselor in Port St. Lucie, FL
 

I often draw from my training in CBT when working with clients to help them effectively manage anxiety, eating disorders, depression, perinatal mental health disorders, substance use, and relationship difficulties. My approach to integrating CBT into my work is pragmatic, flexible, and collaborative.

— Nicole Issa, Clinical Psychologist in Providence, RI
 

CBT-I is the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia. Seventy-eighty percent who try CBT-I get significantly better sleep. Improvements can last 10+ years. It is the key to learning to sleep without sleeping pills. It works for insomnia related to depression, anxiety, cancer, pain, childbirth & menopause.

— Ellen Friedman, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

How we think will affect how we act which will affect the results we get. I challenge clients to think in differnt ways, frequenlty resulting in them solving their problems

— Mark Kolodziej, Counselor in Calgary,

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
 

ACT therapists work a little differently..rather than changing or pushing away thoughts, we teach clients to allow, even welcome, all thoughts and feelings and learn to process and observe them all so we can choose those that move us toward a satisfying life of meaning.

— Julie Noble, Clinical Social Worker in Bethesda, MD

CBT's foundation is based on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. Feeling distressed, in some cases, may distort one’s perception of reality. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality, and if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome these distorted thoughts.

— William Portis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bloomington, IL
 

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Solution Focused, Narative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian And psychodynamic therapies. I use a multi-pronged approach: we work on the presenting problem(s), which means finding working solutions, gain insight to what underlies them, and find effective coping strategies that you can use that same day.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ
 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is a highly systematic form of treatment that focuses on directly changing behavior (e.g., avoidance) and thought patterns (e.g., rumination) based on a functional analysis of how these factors are maintaining the psychological problem.

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

CBT is a problem focused and action oriented form of therapy. It aims at identifying problems and practicing solutions to modify undesirable behaviors and/or thinking patterns. I found this approach particularly effective in helping children and clients with OCD tendencies. Depending on your preference and goals, I'm able to provide a structured framework with concrete tools such as homework, in session exercises, etc.

— Yiwen Fan, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a mainstay of my clinical work and provides the underpinnings for almost every session. It simply involves becoming conscious of your thoughts, feelings and actions and the precursors to the same so that you can change those thoughts, feelings and actions to achieve a new and different outcome.

— Patricia Lee, Licensed Professional Counselor in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
 

Not getting the results you want? Everything starts with your thinking. You are in control over two things - your thinking and action. In between those two elements, we look at the feelings that drive those actions all leading to results. The thoughts that are getting in your way of feeling confident, feeling capable and thinking of yourself as imperfectly perfect are habits and the good news is new habits can all be learned, no matter your age.

— Joanne Royer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Acradia, CA
 

I enjoy working with CBT because it helps treat problems and boost mood by modifying dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors through solutions. CBT helps you recognize the unhealthy or unhelpful thoughts and develop problem solving skills. It helps you to develop strategies that can be helpful and can be used in your daily life .

— Erin Gray, Counselor in Lake Mary, FL

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. We here at Livewell utilize CBT to help our clients focus on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

— Livewell Behavioral Health, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fresno, CA
 

I have used CBT for over 12 years in therapy. This approach is based on changing your thoughts from the negative dialog that we each mantra to ourselves daily. I have several different suggestions on how to implement new, positive thinking about yourself, your life, and your situation.

— Christa Vermillera, Counselor in Melbourne, FL

Although I do often utilize CBT as a part of my theoretical orientations, I am eclectic by nature. There is not a "one size fits all" when it comes to therapy. I realized in my years of practice that no single approach will work for everyone; therefore, I tailor my approach based on each person’s needs, symptoms and personality. I believe it is imperative to meet my clients where they are on their journey to their mental health healing and awareness.

— Jennifer Stephenson, Counselor in Fort Collins, CO
 

CBT is my primary therapeutic approach. I have researched CBT for many years and have successfully integrated this into my daily work with clients at different levels of care.

— Meredith Thomas, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

Cognitive Behavior Therapy continues to be a go-to method for talk-therapy. This method focuses on how our thoughts affect our behaviors. I have extensive training in this area. I have and currently teach facility groups on this modality of therapy.

— LaShanna Stephens, Counselor in Macon, GA
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people solve problems by looking at how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are all connected and how they influence our behavior. In therapy, you can learn to identify problematic ways of thinking that in turn leads to negative emotions and behaviors. I will teach you how to change negative thought patterns that keep you stuck and replace them with new coping strategies to solve problems and reach goals. It is very effective for a wide range of symptoms.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Red Bank, NJ

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
 

Using the theory of how thoughts, feelings and behaviors influence one another, we can explore how this is impacting your life. Many people with triggers for their maladaptive behaviors, find CBT to be useful in understanding how those behaviors are influenced by past experiences, emotions, automatic thoughts, etc. Working together, we can learn about how to change behavioral responses to things that are happening around you.

— Ande Cappellano, Social Worker in Portland, OR

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a long studied and supported treatment approach. We understand that what we think affects how we feel, and that how we feel impacts our behaviors. I work to help you understand your belief and behavior patterns and what kind of story you are creating. We are the authors of our own story. Sometimes we need a little help to rewrite that story.

— Caroline Biber, Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC
 

Cognitive therapy focuses on the belief that our thoughts are influenced by how we feel. This approach is based on the belief that learning comes from personal experience. Therapy will focus on a client’s ability to accept behavior, clarify problems and difficulties, and understand the reasoning behind the importance of setting goals. I am a certified cognitive behavioral therapist from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy which sets the highest standards of excellence in the field.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) looks at a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. I love using CBT with folks because if feels natural to most people. When I use this therapy, I like to give my clients homework to practice what they are learning in session. Don't worry, nothing too hard, but more practical ways to respond and relate to life outside of therapy. It has been helpful with clients to work on the application piece meaning as we walk through thoughts, feelings and behaviors - it is easier to see when, where and how to use it as needed. In our time together, I will help you see what you can change meaning what is in your control and what you cannot change but rather influence to help you live a better life. I help clients establish daily practices that help their thoughts, feelings and behaviors contribute to their overall wellbeing.

— Erica Faulhaber, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lakewood, CO

I have used CBT in individual and group therapy sessions for many years. It is very effective and helpful especially to people suffering from addictions.

— Cindy Athey, Counselor in Clearwater, FL
 

I have been using CBT and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) as part of my treatment approach for the last 5 years, and am CBT+ certified. CBT and DBT are skills-based modalities. This type of treatment combines processing thought patterns with practical skills to tackle day to day roadblocks. It is a practical approach to treatment and can be incredibly effective, especially for folks who may feel nervous about traditional talk therapy or who are looking for a more short-term intervention.

— Kian Leggett, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Tacoma, WA
 

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

We understand some people need immediate relief to help with mood and anxiety. We got you covered, too! CBT is one of the most effective and research based theories to give you the tools you need to feel like you are in control of your mood and anxiety. We can offer CBT therapy to children, adolescents, and adults!

— Heights Family Counseling, Counselor in Houston, TX
 

CBT has been around for a long time and is known to be a tried and true intervention for many different issues. The main point of CBT is to teach people that our thoughts and our behaviors are connected and empower others to work to change those so that they can have more rational thoughts and healthier behaviors.

— Jolene Feeney, Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I utilize CBT alongside most other treatment modalities. I find that cognitive restructuring is one of the most important building blocks that therapist can use to help illicit change in client.

— Valerie Kreger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wichita, KS
 

In cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we build our sessions around the framework that our thoughts connect to our feelings which then in turn influence our behaviors. We will focus on important techniques you can use to challenge your current thought processes to help redirect your feelings towards giving you the relief that you desire.

— Sara Graff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Dunedin, FL

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is the first technique I learned, as a new therapist in training. It is a meat and potatoes, or as the vegetarian that I am, a tofu and broccoli basic and practical approach to sorting out feelings and life circumstances that are going awry. It inspects thinking styles and patterns of assumptions that can lead to faulty logic, which necessarily manages to end in less than ideal decisions and outcomes. Also, the part that emotions play in influencing life choices is considered. This approach is one of several strategies that you may see me using at any given moment in a therapy session. Rather than practice it rigidly, I take its best parts and adapt them to each client's needs, so that choices become easier, and goals are reached more harmoniously with one's personality style.

— Carol Tyler, Psychologist in Bellingham, WA
 

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Solution Focused, Narative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian And psychodynamic therapies. I use a multi-pronged approach: we work on the presenting problem(s), which means finding working solutions, gain insight to what underlies them, and find effective coping strategies that you can use that same day.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown in more than 1,000 research studies to be effective for many different disorders and problems. CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills by identifying and replacing self defeating thoughts and behaviors with self affirming ones.

— Deborah Blum, Counselor in North Miami Beach, FL

As a therapist and yoga instructor, I have a strong understanding of the link between brain and body. The more we understand our brain and the way we think, the easier it is to begin to cope with some of our stressors. CBT is a great form of treatment for many challenges especially anxiety and depression, and I creatively incorporate CBT into my therapy sessions, even beginning to plant the seeds of understanding our connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviors with my youngest clients.

— Courtney Hart, Clinical Social Worker in Havre de Grace, MD

I have worked with a wide range of conditions both in community care as well as in my private practice. I encourage clients to identify underlying beliefs and determine how they work for them. We work to change the inner-dialogue that may hinder progress.

— Shawn Beard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
 

CBT is based on the idea that the way we think, feel, and behave are all interconnected. You will learn to identify your unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful behavior patterns so that you can change the way you feel. You can also expect to learn effective coping strategies for when life gets tough.

— Mallory Lyons, Counselor in Redmond, WA

We react at times in ways that are puzzling. These reactions are often based on a set of "automatic thoughts" that occur without our awareness in response to a trigger. Learning how to recognize those thoughts and challenge them can lead to a reduction in stress and an increase in feelings of control and authenticity. "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." Viktor Frankl

— Andrea Rogers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA
 

I use CBT to help clients focus on how their thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes can affect their feelings and behaviors. Sometimes looking at something in a new way or from a different perspective can make all the difference.

— Wendela Marsh, Counselor in Salem, OR

My Masters Degree is in the CBT track. CBT is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps clients understand that their thoughts influence their feelings and that influences their behaviors. This treatment helps clients become aware of negative thoughts, which reinforce negative behaviors. They learn to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving.

— Paula Kirsch, Clinical Social Worker in Detroit, MI
 

What you think 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

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
 

CBT is a gold-standard approach that can be used to address numerous diagnoses. All of my clinical training has involved CBT approaches, and I integrate CBT into my work.

— Ivy Hall, Psychologist in Berkeley, CA

Many individuals want concrete steps they can take to make changes in their lives. By using Cognitive Behavioral techniques, I can assist you in making change.

— Raeleen Davis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rochester Hills, MI
 

The gold standard in many cases, CBT is a validating and rational approach to breaking free from all or nothing thinking and behaviors that get in the way of healthy emotion regulation and more helpful ways of thinking about ourselves and the world.

— Meredith Riddick, Counselor in Ashburn, VA

I use CBT to help people identify negative and cognitive distortions in thinking patterns and create new, positive and adaptive thinking strategies to better manage day to day and stressors.

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

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. I have found this modality to be very helpful specifically in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

— Kerri-Anne Brown, Licensed Professional Counselor in Orlando, FL

CBT techniques can be helpful in sessions to help individuals adapt healthy thoughts. I often find that our thoughts might reinforce our unhappiness.

— Alyssa Vander Schaaf, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Golden Valley, MN
 

Challenge old ways of thinking and question if these painful thoughts are still serving you or if you want to embrace new ways of thinking.

— Dana McNeil, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

CBT is applicable not just in session to explore why things are challenging but in your day-to-day life - I use CBT techniques in my personal life as well. It just makes sense to consider how your thoughts, feelings and actions are all impacting one another to find ways to make changes. CBT can be used with kids, teens and adults, but it will look a little different in each case.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Damascus, MD

The bedrock of my therapeutic approach with most clients is cognitive behavioral therapy. It is an evidence-based, proven and effective approach to address personal behavioral, emotional, and psychological distress. I have been practicing CBT since 2013 and use it to help people understand how their minds work, why they do the things they do, make the decisions they make, and how to effectively make changes to improve themselves and their lives.

— Robert Hinojosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to lead to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. I use CBT to help clients challenge and alter their faulty ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. Instead clients learn new, more effective coping skills. I have used CBT successfully with clients with a range of problems including anxiety disorders, relationship problems, sexual dysfunctions, compulsive sexual behaviors.

— Dagmara Svetcov, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Allen, TX

I interned for two years in a mood and anxiety disorder clinic that provided training and supervision in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I have also received additional education in CBT for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

— Bianca Martinez, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, 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 Maple Grove, MN

Cognitive behavior therapy is an evidence-based modality that I learned in graduate school and have used ever cents. It is flexible and can be adapted to almost any issue that a client faces. I bring a more spiritual orientation to my understanding of CBT. The bottom line for me is that when we change our thoughts we change our experience.

— Sarah Murphy, Counselor in Bryn Mawr, PA
 

I frequently incorporate CBT interventions and techniques into my therapy sessions because I’ve found that it offers valuable tools and resources that have helped my clients to gain coping skills and create new ways of thinking about their experiences that decreases symptoms of distress.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

This is my main focus in therapy and often my most used modality. I work with each client to determine their goals for therapy, then correct any errors in thinking that have led to incorrect behaviors. I emphasize the importance of how thoughts and emotions alike control behavior and to change behavior we have to go in and change the thought process that led to that behavior.

— Kelly Freeman, Counselor in Houston, TX
 

Sometimes the thoughts we have are just not working for us. We hold on to past beliefs that no longer serve a purpose or don't fit our current situation. With CBT, I will help you break through barriers in thought that may be holding you back.

— Shiloh Werkmeister, Counselor in Troy, MO
 

CBT is the big kid on campus right now for therapy, but for me it just has always made sense. By tracking one's thoughts and challenging them one can also track their behavior with those thoughts. This way of enacting therapy, for me, is giving power back to the client; reminding that you are in the driver's seat of your body. My goal is bring awareness to your thoughts, good or bad, so you can then feel empowered in being explicit in your thoughts and your actions.

— Austin Knight, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI
 

This is an approach I have worked with at length in my schooling and afterwards.

— Raffi Bilek, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

I have extensive knowledge and experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have the ability to make it easy to enact effective changes in your life to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression. I accomplish this through helping you identify and then change your thoughts and behaviors to positively impact your emotional state.

— Tatiana Garcia, Licensed Professional Counselor in Carlstadt, NJ
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on understanding how our thoughts, behaviors, and mood are all impacted by one another. CBT provides a framework and techniques to address distorted thoughts and distressing behaviors.

— Sage Grazer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

My primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses how negative thoughts affect feelings and behaviors. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you and I will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

Sometimes our thoughts can get us down. But just by thinking about an issue in another way, we feel better. I help clients see new perspectives on the issues that are troubling them. Once you can see things in a new way, different emotions could surface enabling you to take different action.

— Matianna Baldassari, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Monica, CA

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel.

— Eric Henley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ

I utilize CBT to look at thoughts and beliefs that may be causing distress, then help clients see their distorted patterns and how to challenge/replace them with healthier and more realistic ones.

— Aaron Potratz, Counselor in Tigard, OR

My theoretical orientation as a therapist is most closely described as T.E.A.M./CBT. T.E.A.M. stands for testing, empathy, agenda setting, and methods, and it is an approach that combines techniques from various schools of therapy, all in the service of helping the client get in touch with the things that keep them stuck and feel invited to take steps to get "unstuck." One of the key aspects of this approach is the idea that our "problems" and "symptoms" often reveal positive and even beautiful things about us that we are usually not able to recognize. Thus, by giving voice to these hidden aspects of our problems we can be empowered to either keep things the same or choose to make a change. This is always the client's decision; thus therapy is guided by the client's agenda, not the therapist's idea of what the client needs. For that reason, T.E.A.M. does not use or rely on diagnoses, but rather helps the client address whatever issue they want help with.

— Raquel Muller, Psychologist in Tigard, OR
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps people solve problems by looking at how our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are all connected and how they influence our behavior. In therapy, you can learn to identify problematic ways of thinking that in turn leads to negative emotions and behaviors. We can learn to change negative thought patterns that keep us stuck and replace them with new coping strategies to solve problems and reach goals. It is a very effective method for a wide range of symptoms.

— Melissa Kramer, Clinical Social Worker in Red Bank, NJ
 

I have years of experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This therapy works great for a variety of issues, especially depression and anxiety.

— Jamie Del, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bridgeville, PA

What you think 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
 

Working with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors is the trifecta in improving your overall wellness. There are many techniques that can help relieve symptoms, and increasing coping skills including relaxation techniques while also understanding negative automatic thoughts is a great place to start.

— Lisa Herman, Clinical Psychologist in , MN

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 help you identify beliefs that keep you work against you and keep you from being happy. Then I help you learn to challenge those beliefs or replace them with more realistic beliefs.

— Lynne Coon, Counselor in Portland, OR

My use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves helping clients identify their problematic narratives and beliefs that are causing behavior or emotional states that are getting in the way of moving toward their desired outcomes. Next is learning to challenge and reframe their problematic narratives or beliefs so they are able to redirect, counter, neutralize or let go, in order to focus more on what they want to happen in their lives, rather than what they don't want to happen.

— M. Douglas Evans, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a way of helping people identify and change their thought patterns and ways of viewing the world that tend to be unhelpful. The premise is that if you can change your thoughts, you can also change your emotion and behaviors.

— Martha Uhl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA

What you think 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 have studied CBT in great length and have utilized it in schools, community clinics, and in private practice. Rewiring destructive or unproductive thoughts is a powerful tool and I'd be happy to work with you further under a CBT lens.

— Catharine Pritchard Hawks, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

This type of therapy is based on the premise that thoughts, emotions and behaviours are all connected and influence one another. That means, that we can intervene at different levels (usually the thoughts come first) to shape your behaviours and improve the way you feel. It's useful to help you get unstuck from unhelpful thought patterns that keep you in a loop of feeling bad (sad, anxious, ashamed, etc.) The way I do it, it's complementary with ACT.

— Zofia Czajkowska, Psychologist in Montreal,
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to lead to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. I use CBT to help clients challenge and alter their faulty ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. Instead clients learn new, more effective coping skills. I have used CBT successfully with clients with a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, marital problems, sexual dysfunctions, compulsive behaviors.

— Dagmara Svetcov, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Allen, TX

I use the empirically evidenced skills and techniques of CBT in an integrative format in my work: rather than teaching my clients to use the homework or techniques to "fix" problems, I urge them to learn skills (from CBT) and mindfully integrate them to augment overall healing/progress. I use CBT thoughtfully and intentionally in my work.

— Neil Panchmatia, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

My work is eclectic in nature but at it's core I believe that by addressing the thought patterns which you have developed over your lifetime we can explore alternative ways of thinking and existing in the world. CBT requires a significant commitment from you; A commitment to experimenting with your daily routines and creating action plans and homework assignments together. Together we will use it to create meaningful and positive change in your life.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ
 

CBT is an evidence based therapy which means that it has a lot of data to support its efficacy. In very simplistic terms what CBT tells us is that our thoughts inform our feelings and that if we can change our thoughts, we can change our feelings. With CBT we work to identify some of the unhelpful thoughts that are contributing to your mood and feelings. Once we identify those thoughts then we start to work on learning ways to challenge those thoughts. CBT uses psychoeducation to help you learn about your thoughts, how those thoughts are impacting you, skills and strategies you can use to challenge those thoughts and improve your mood.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

CBT is most useful in helping to reduce symptoms and finding a new way of thinking about things. Mindfulness helps us to turn toward a problem rather than turn away and can bring us to a more relaxed way of being. Let me be your guide in to a calmer life.”

— Radmila Hollnagel, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC
 

CBT provides excellent tools to deal with anxiety, depression, OCD, and other road blocks. In a short period of time I can teach you relaxation techniques, mindfulness exercises, and how to refute negative thoughts that clutter your mind so that you can focus on what you truly are passionate about!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

I use a solution focused therapy that proposes the model that our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviors are synchronized in such a way that our belief will be associated with emotions that we experience, and our behaviors will be aligned with those. If we make changes in the way that we think about something or the way that we feel about something or the way that we act, then those other components will be affected.

— Douglas Rugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Washington, DC
 

My primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses how negative thoughts affect feelings and behaviors. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you and I will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC

The magic triangle--thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Learn about the interaction between the three and the powerful way in which you can control the way you see and experience the world. CBT has been the first and main focus of my work for 10 years. It's the only modality I use but the research has shown it to be very effective in most areas of mental health.

— Tricia Norby, Counselor in Madison, WI
 

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

CBT is amazing and being able to address in a very concrete manner how our thought process and our behaviors affect our mental health. We are able to work through very specific behavior changes or challenge specific thinking which will change how we interact and what we believe in the future.

— Amanda Woodard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Centennial, CO
 

Thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are directly connected to one another. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a here-and-now approach to focus on one or two issues which will help problem-solve current issues or struggles. Using CBT by itself, or in conjunction with other forms of therapy, this model of care is thoroughly researched and found to be very successful in the treatment of a wide variety of struggles and needs.

— Christy Livingston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Healdsburg, CA

I also provide Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviors Therapy for children ages 2-17 who have experienced trauma as a result from natural disaster, car accidents, abuse, loss of a loved one, adjustment to parent separation/divorce or any other significant life stressor.

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA
 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Change Your Thinking To Change Your Behaviors.

— Sandra Farrell, Counselor in MASHPEE, MA

I have been using CBT with clients for the past several years and have found this to be the most effective technique for clients with anxiety. I have attended several trainings, and been dedicated to continuing to read and understand this therapy. I am striving to reach certification in the future.

— Jenny Matthews, Therapist in Bloomington, MN
 

If we think it, we believe it, and we will act accordingly. I assist in identifying unhealthy thought patterns and replacing them with new healthy ones. I assist in identifying difficulties in coping with the emotions these negative thought patterns cause, and allowing comfort in experiencing the emotions. In turn, how one responds (behaviors) will change.

— Cherice Poole, Clinical Social Worker in Roswell, GA

I use an eclectic approach that combines Mindfulness-Based CBT and other forms of cognitive therapy, such as ACT and DBT to help recognize negative cognitions and beliefs and incorporate skills to increase adaptive thinking and positive cognitions. Using mindfulness-based cognitive therapies to better understand thinking patterns and how we can change our brain in order to move out of autopilot into healthier and more adaptive practices.

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

CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful 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. Like Motivational Interviewing it is used for helping people who are seeking rapid change and relief from uncomfortable symptoms that may arise from intrusive thoughts, unwanted habits and irrational beliefs.

— Tony Filanowski, Clinical Social Worker in New York, NY
 

Counseling is a way to sit down and begin talking out your frustrations and issues - my job is to help find new perspectives, ways of thinking, solutions, or even just to lend an empathetic ear. Together we may find some new ways of handling your situation that will lead to a healthy life and relationships.

— Joshua Nursall, Counselor in Chandler, AZ

CBT helps people to think about their world a bit differently. I help people to look at and to change disruptive beliefs. Positive thoughts tend to have a positive or advantageous impact on a person’s behaviors and emotions. I believe humans tend to have many negative and self-defeating thoughts and beliefs which have a detrimental impact on behaviors, emotions and overall quality of life. In my work, I help people to focus their attention on these disruptive thoughts and beliefs so that those thoughts and beliefs can be adjusted so as to not have such a significant negative impact on a person’s life. I deal with the removal of ‘false’ thoughts and beliefs.

— Melissa Higgins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in East Brunswick, NJ
 

I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and utilize this modality with very young children (ages 3 to 7) who have experienced trauma and are suffering from Posttraumatic Stress symptoms.

— Samantha Pugh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lafayette, CO

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events—rather than the events themselves—that determines how he or she will feel and act. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I believe that by adjusting our thoughts, we can directly influence our emotions and behavior. CBT involves much more than just sitting and talking about whatever comes to mind. This structured approach ensures that you and I are focused on the goals of each session, ensuring that the time spent in therapy is productive. The person in CBT therapy benefits from a collaborative relationship in which he or she is able to reveal personal issues without fear of judgment and is helped to understand the issues at hand without being told which choices he or she should make. CBT techniques incorporate many different therapeutic tools to help people evaluate their emotional patterns and states and make effective change.

— Robert Nemerovski. Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Kentfield, CA
 

Looking at the feelings-thoughts-behavior model of traditional CBT is what I use to assist you. We examine beliefs and negative thoughts that have been standing in the way of your living a happy and fulfilling life. Together, we change your thinking patterns and therefore your outcomes.

— Lissa Merkel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I have completed numerous training and certificate programs in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I continue to research CBT and help client's learn to identify thought patterns and behavior patterns and learn to change them through various methods of CBT.

— Julia Ayraud, Counselor in The Woodlands, 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
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on underlying maladaptive thought patterns and the way they influence our beliefs and behavior. Therapy tends to be problem focused and goal-directed.

— Courtney Brown, in Los Gatos, CA

My training has CBT (including exposure therapy) at its core. CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior, which often leads to improvement in the way one feels. CBT is helpful for a variety of problems from anxiety and depression to sleep problems and coping with medical illness, relationship problems and life changes and stress.

— Dr. Laura Simonelli, Psychologist in Harleysville, PA

Effectively identifying and making the connections between their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The client becomes more aware of the importance of how their emotions (and emotional regulation) greatly effect how they either react or respond to situations.

— Edwyna Piert, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA
 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a research supported approach that starts with the idea that what we think about a situation and what we do has a huge impact on how we feel. In order to feel different, we often need to think different, talk to ourselves different and do different. First.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA
 

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

CBT is my principal theory of practice and I use it to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It's an approach that understands that we're not robots and that our thoughts, emotions, AND behaviors matter. It's a structured therapy and helps you practice all the skills learned in-session outside in the "real world." For this reason, research has shown that CBT has long-lasting effects long after people finish therapy.

— Inga Curry, Clinical Psychologist in SAN DIEGO, CA
 

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

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapies I can help you map the territory of your feelings, thoughts and behaviors. With improved self-knowledge, I can teach you skills to navigate your emotions, behaviors and relationships. In this way you can become your best Self and find peace within.

— Melissa Owens, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have been working from a CBT perspective for over ten years. My clinical supervision was from a cognitive behavioral therapy clinician and have over three years of intense learning to use CBT. I don't generally use worksheets, but I do challenge negative thinking and thought patterns and use logic during sessions to suss out cognitive behavioral patterns to solicit change in my clients.

— Katie Leikam, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

One client said that learning CBT was like getting a gift that keeps on giving. Long after we completed therapy, her CBT superpowers continued to generate positive lasting change. For me, CBT comes closest to matching the amazing range and complexity of the human experience. I love it, have used it for decades, and continue to study it. The vibrant focus on the thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that drive our habits and relationships brings practical results like no other.

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA
 

CBT works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. CBT is effective for a variety of conditions, including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, addiction, dependence, tic, and psychotic disorders.

— Kesha Martin, Counselor in San Antonio, TX

In treating sex offenders, CBT is the treatment of choice to help the offender identify cognitive distortions, including criminal thinking patterns, identifying risk factors, developing a relapse prevention plan and reducing risk of offense or re-offense. CBT can be very effective, especially when combined with other approaches such as transactional analysis, psychodynamic, family and reality therapy.

— Stephen Finstein, Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX
 

The environment we grow up in greatly impacts what we believe about ourselves. Consider waking up every day believing: I'm worthy of love. I'm secure. I'm confident. I'm strong. I'm enough. Imagine the feelings that these thoughts would evoke: deep joy, happiness, contentedness. How would waking up with these feelings everyday impact your behaviors? CBT helps us to adjust core beliefs you knowingly or subconsiously have about yourself, the emotions they evoke, and the actions they cause.

— Erin Grasmeyer, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Alamitos, CA

My primary therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses how negative thoughts affect feelings and behaviors. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, you and I will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling life.

— Amy Castongia, Counselor in Huntersville, NC
 

I found that CBT really resonated with me and my natural style. I have found that most of the time we are our own worst critic. When people struggle with anxiety or depression, it is often from their inner dialogue that puts them down and thinks even the smallest things are drastic. With CBT, we can look at those deeper thoughts that may be keeping you from feeling your best and can find gentle and supportive ways to creatively challenge them so that you can make the dark side go away.

— Lindsey Lowrance, Counselor in Lakewood, CO

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a research supported approach that starts with the idea that what or how we think about a situation and what we do has a huge impact on how we feel. In order to feel different, we often need to think different and do different. First.

— Dr. Laura Forsyth, Psychologist in Camarillo, CA
 

What you think 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 have over 20 years' experience successfully working with clients using CBT. I have used this approach in treating a wide range of anxiety concerns (for example, social phobia, panic, worry, and health anxiety), as well as depression and post-traumatic stress. I keep current on developments in CBT through reading, professional conference attendance, and participation in continuing education seminars. As a psychology professor, I also conduct and publish research relevant to CBT.

— Christine Scher, Psychologist in Pasadena, CA
 

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

Anxiety, Depression as well As self esteem are best approached using CBT. The way you feel affects how you think ang you think the way you feel.

— Cynthia Cruz, Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy that teaches individuals different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to unhelpful and maladaptive thoughts. Cognitive restructuring helps the individual learn how to identify, challenge, and neutralize unhelpful/maladaptive thoughts. Behavioral activation helps the individual learn to overcome obstacles to participating in enjoyable activities.

— Kelifern Pomeranz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA

CBT is a therapeutic approach that focuses on your thoughts, emotions and behavior. Your thoughts impact your emotions, which influence your behavior. Together we will work on changing your thoughts, which will change the emotion and therefore the behavior. It is a short term, goal oriented psychotherapy treatment.

— Adrine Davtyan, Therapist in PASADENA, CA
 

I utilize an integrative approach to therapy that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, Solution Focused, Narative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian And psychodynamic therapies. I use a multi-pronged approach: we work on the presenting problem(s), which means finding working solutions, gain insight to what underlies them, and find effective coping strategies that you can use that same day.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

Rebecca is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has utilized these techniques to address other challenges that an individual may be facing (e.g. anxiety, depression, etc.).

— Rebecca Neubauer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Monica, CA
 

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 provide a non-judgmental perspective intended to help you make sense of the complex emotions and feelings that may be confusing. Together, we consider and explore your personal situation in a way that leads to fresh understanding. The hope is that these new perspectives will inspire you to change your thoughts and behaviors.

— Peter Rivkees, Counselor in Clermont, FL
 

Although I’d be considered more integrative and holistically centerered in my therapeutic approaches, I’m a huge proponent of CBT, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)...the latter two are offshoots of CBT. I have found these evidence-based interventions invaluable. Studies have shown that DBT actually changes the brains of individuals diagnosed with BPD and my work with CBT has shifted the core beliefs and lives of many clients.

— Gail Wodkiewicz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Staten Island, NY

CBT is based on thoughts - behaviors - feelings. In this type of therapy, the goal is to shift the behavior in order to change the subsequent feelings about the situation. Through practice and thought restructuring, the goal is for this to become habit the client can use throughout their life.

— Amanda Dutton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gainesville, GA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works strategically to help you identify your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and how they all interact to create your internal world.

— Emelie Gagliardo, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am trained in CBT, with a certificate from the Institute for Advancement in Human Behavior. I integrate many CBT techniques into my work on a regular basis, whether I use it as a way to help you reframe things that happen to you so that you can feel better about them and let go of the negative feelings, or whether I give you some worksheets to take home and work on in between sessions. CBT is an evidence-based therapy that has many different techniques under it's umbrella. I can give you these tools and skills to change your thinking (cognitive), change what you do (behavior) and change your feelings (my favorite part!)

— Amy McManus, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

CBT is a wonderful approach that has a strong research base, showing it to be helpful with a variety of symptoms and issues. The main idea is that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected. CBT takes a look at each of these three areas to see how they are impacting our lives and works to help give you skills to create positive change.

— Audrey Atkinson, Clinical Psychologist in Davidson, NC

My longstanding practice has involved CBT for years. With clients we explore how our thoughts, actions, feelings and behaviors effect each other every day. In our work we identify thinking errors that can harm us in our work to resolve conflicts in our relations and within self esteem challenges. I am also certified in Brene' Brown's work around Shame Resilience which involves exploring our thought processes and how they can hinder us.

— Audrianna Gurr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

A lot of my training and background is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT helps you retrain your brain to think differently instead of jumping into negative thinking patterns and behavioral patterns. I also love to give homework and believe that CBT homework helps client's stay engaged in between sessions which is helpful for healing.

— Anne Rice, Licensed Professional Counselor in Decatur, GA

I utilize REBTand CBT to address the way thoughts impact our emtions and behaviors. Both strategies help clients quickly identfy patterns of thoughts that make it difficult to live the life they wish to live. I have a specific certification (CBT-I) focused on using CBT for insomnia, chronic pain, trauma, TBI, anxiety and depression.

— Ginger Houghton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bloomfield Hills, MI
 

My Masters Degree is in the CBT track. CBT is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps clients understand that their thoughts influence their feelings and that influences their behaviors. This treatment helps clients become aware of negative thoughts, which reinforce negative behaviors. They learn to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving. CBT is found to be an effective treatment for a wide range of disorders including PTSD, phobias, anxiety, and depression.

— Paula Kirsch, Clinical Social Worker in Detroit, MI
 

Sometimes the biggest barriers we face are the thoughts in our heads. CBT is a powerful and active technique to help you identify and change negative thought patterns in order to feel better about yourself and your life.

— Megan McDavid, Sex Therapist in Portland, OR

I received extensive training in CBT throughout my graduate school and post-graduate residency. I have learned how to apply this technique to a wide range of populations and presentations, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, weight management, and smoking cessation. I have utilized CBT for over a decade now.

— Sari Chait, Psychologist in Newton, MA
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected. Therefore, when we feel depressed, we are more likely to have depressed thoughts like, “I’m a loser” or “I’m a failure,” We are also more likely to engage in depressive behavior such as isolating. On the other hand, when we feel better we are more likely to have positive thoughts like, “I’m a good person.” We are also more likely to increase positive emotion and self esteem.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX
 

I've always been told that a theoretical orientation is where you believe the problem stems from. I believe that people have these automatic negative thoughts- "I'm a failure", "I'm worthless", "I'm not good enough", and these nasty thoughts are what drive a lot of what is going on with you (and not in a good way).

— Barbara Maulding, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Algonquin, IL

Using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, I help children and their parents understand that their ancient brain ( the cognitive part) tries to trick them to feel worried and scared. These thoughts may seem like they come out of nowhere, but I help kids see how their own "stinking thinking" is what makes them scared. In this approach, I help families understand that their thoughts control their feelings and their behaviors. They can practice different thoughts and choose to behave in different ways. The work is to help families see how their thinking is making them jump to conclusions about bad things that might happen or think that things are really worse than they are. Kids can learn and practice new ways of thinking and new, healthier behaviors.

— S. Abigail McCarrel, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Arcadia, CA
 

CBT is a standard practice for most mental health therapists. It is a way to look at different situations, beliefs, and behaviors in new, less painful ways. By changing our "paradigms" of thought, we create healthier, more productive ways of viewing the world and ourselves. I often combine CBT with mindfulness and other strategies to help clients find new and better ways to deal with life. It is a helpful practice a client can easily use at home as well as in the office.

— Rebecca Waterston, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Kirkland, WA
 

CBT is an evidence based approach that is very collaborative. I have a great deal of respect for my clients, and feel that working with them, and using an approach grounded in scientific research and tested results is one of the ways I honor their time and financial commitment to therapy.

— Jennifer Schermerhorn, Counselor in Black Mountain, NC

I adore CBT but I rarely use it on its own. In order for the brain to really absorb the logical thinking patterns, one must be calm enough that panic brain doesn't interfere. For this reason I often do groundwork in mindfulness and coping before we work to restructure the thinking patterns. CBT is beautiful because it offers you a skill set that you can use long after you've left therapy. It sets you up to notice your triggers and be able to manage your own emotions rather than suffering through

— Catherine McConnell, Counselor in Arlington, TX
 

How you think has a profound impact on your feelings and your actions. I explore thoughts, feelings, and actions and “flipping the script” to change the negative to the positive.

— Amy Shore, Counselor in Sugar Land, TX

CBT involves understanding what messages we often say to ourselves. We will identify what are called cognitive distortions, which influence the way we perceive and interpret the world. Common cognitive distortions I see with clients who have experienced domestic violence include all-or-nothing thinking (or polarized thinking), catastrophizing, overgeneralization, and minimization. These, in turn, affect how our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

— Nathan Jacquez, Counselor in Salt Lake City, UT
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on recognizing the correlation between your thoughts, feelings, and actions in an effort to change disadvantageous patterns. It is a recommended treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions/maladaptive coping.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Beverly Hills, CA
 

For me, CBT is one of the models that comes closest to matching the amazing range and complexity of the human experience. I love it, have used it for decades, and continue to study it. The vibrant focus on the thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes that drive our habits and relationships brings practical change like no other. My clients report that learning CBT is like getting a gift that keeps on giving. Long after we complete therapy, CBT skills continue to provide lasting positive change.

— Valerie Keim, Counselor in Pleasant Hill, CA

I have worked with a wide range of conditions both in a community care setting as well as private practice. I encourage clients to identify how their thought processes, beliefs, and self-talk contributes to their symptoms. We explore how they may change these behaviors to enable sustained progress.

— Shawn Beard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA
 

CBT focuses on regaining control of our thoughts, which controls our feelings and controls our actions. By utilizing this method, we are able to regain control of actions and consequences that may have gotten lost in anxiety.

— Casey Cullen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

I have been practicing CBT since my graduate internship and have attended multiple in-depth training institutes on how to apply CBT to with special populations and issues (such as OCD, personality disorders, panic disorder, substance use, etc).

— Heather McKenzie, Counselor in Raleigh, NC
 

I have studied CBT in many trainings and readings. I have used it extensively in my practice. Being aware of one’s thinking patterns and understanding the interplay of thoughts, feelings and behaviors/choices is a valuable tool in any mental health work.

— Rita Snider, Social Worker in Wichita, KS
 

CBT is what I call "the life problem solver". It's amazing how much can change when we start being able to identify and change our cognitive distortions. I generally utilize CBT when treating depression, adjustment issues and anxiety. I even use it for individuals experiencing psychotic disorders.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

I have been trained in CBT and gained my experience while working in different psychiatric facilities.

— Paulishia Augillard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

Talk therapy(psychotherapy) is very successful is working with individuals with depression and anxiety. I work with clients on changing thought patterns, and their current emotional state.

— Teresa Meadows, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Our thoughts have so much more power than we give them credit for! Understanding our thoughts and the patterns that created them and then challenging those same thoughts can be life-changing. I work with clients to identify the often long held beliefs they hold that might be limiting them from pursing the relationships, careers, or other goals that they desire.

— Lindsay Bong, Counselor in Portland, OR

My approach to counseling is modern and scientific and that is why I tend to use cognitive behavioral therapy in my sessions. I am able to provide you with many tools and techniques to deal with the problem in the here and now. Together we will influence your current way of thinking into something that feels more neutral or positive. There are many CBT interventions that I am able to employ.

— Jeff Guenther, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

CBT stresses the role of thinking patterns in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that our thoughts, rather than people or outside events, cause our negative feelings. I assist you in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying your thinking. Then, I can help you modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework.

— Lauri Shedd, Clinical Social Worker in St Louis, MO

* Reduce cognitive distortions to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms * Increase realistic and reasonable thinking habits

— Barbara Schnichels, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Burnsville, MN
 

Simply put CBT tells us that our thoughts inform our feelings and that by changing our thoughts we can change our feelings. CBT involves learning to identify the thoughts we experience that are contributing to our feelings of depression, anxiety, low self esteem and stress. Once we are able to start identifying our thoughts and how they are contributing to uncomfortable feelings we can then work towards learning ways to reframe and challenge thoughts.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in University City, MO

I have been practicing since CBT since 2009 and feel adept and very skilled at employing this approach.

— Rachel Stapleton, Clinical Social Worker in Kirkland, WA
 

I believe that what we think, we come to be. So, in our work together, we will explore assumptions, thoughts and ideas that do not serve you and help you to see through different eyes the possiblities ahead for you.

— Barbara Blocker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fort Myers, FL

I was trained by the Beck Institute (founder Aaron Beck developed CBT) in CBT and use it, along with mindfulness, to treat many issues including depression and anxiety.

— Jenna Rasmussen, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a specific form of therapy that teaches you to recognize your thoughts and control your emotional and behavioral responses. It's about dealing with the things that have happened, taking control of your reactions and in some cases grieving the loss of the past.

— Jordanna Saunders, in Goodyear, AZ

CBT is a psychotherapy that is based on the cognitive model: the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself - Beck. Working with clients I use CBT techniques to help solve current problems and teach you skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. Changing your unhelpful thinking and behavior can lead to improvement in your mood and functioning.

— Kathleen Nelson, Therapist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel. Much of the focus is understanding the connection between thoughts and feelings, and learning new skills to cope more effectively. I use this predominantly with children.

— Dayna Sharp, Clinical Social Worker in Haddonfield, NJ

I use an eclectic approach incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy and other types of CBT, like ACT, DBT and MBCBT to help clients recognize maladaptive thinking patterns and begin to use adaptive, healthy thinking strategies to manage day to day situations and life stressors.

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

I completed an intensive CBT training in 2013, and fell in love with the treatment model. I completed certification as a cognitive therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy in 2018. CBT helps people make sense of the often confusing and overwhelming issues they are having, and put them in context with other experiences in their live. This helps people understand not only WHY they are experiencing something, but also HOW to counter act it. I find both are equally important!

— Sara Stanizai, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy aims to bring awareness to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to see how these are all connected and impacting one another. CBT teaches how to change one's thoughts in accordance with the expression - "Change your thoughts, change your life!"

— Dr. Dana Avey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected. Therefore, when we feel depressed, we are more likely to have depressed thoughts like, “I’m a loser” or “I’m a failure,” We are also more likely to engage in depressive behavior such as isolating. On the other hand, when we feel better we are more likely to have positive thoughts like, “I’m a good person.” We are also more likely to increase positive emotion and self esteem.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX

Our automatic thoughts can be the sole-creator of depression and anxiety. Throughout therapy, I combine CBT with all other modalities I use. Insession and in-between sessions, CBT skills will be used to create a more positive thought process.

— Niki Saigeon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

I have studied CBT to help very anxious clients find success. Clients work to identify faulty thoughts which get in the way of their perceptions and thus hold them back from achieving goals. CBT can be structured and and help organize clients who would otherwise fail to move forward finding themselves crippled by anxiety.

— Laurie Levine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Herndon, VA

I have 20 years clinical experience using CBT as the primary modality of therapy with children, adolescents and adults.

— Jennifer Wendt, Clinical Psychologist in San Diego, CA
 

I've utilized CBT from the beginning of my career and am certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, which is based in CBT principles. I frequently use CBT in combination with mindfulness and am also skilled in Trauma Focused CBT.

— Donna Gardner-Jacoby, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Crystal Lake, IL
 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior. CBT is helpful for many clients to change their outlook on life and future goals.

— Cheryl Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

The goal of cognitive behavior therapy is to teach clients that while they cannot control every aspect of the world around them, they can take control of how they interpret and deal with things in their environment. This type of therapy helps client's see how their negative or unhealthy thought patterns can affect the way they see and interact with the world.

— Melanie Taylor, Counselor in Fort Smith, AR
 

I use a primary CBT focus to work on changing your thoughts which will impact behavior.

— Courtney Ycaza, Licensed Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

I utilize CBT with clients to support them in challenging and managing their thoughts and in turn support them in regulating mood. Thought logs can be incredibly helpful for this as well as becoming more aware of what behavior chains are and how they can be interrupted.

— Ashley Ellis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA