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 a practical, effective, short-term therapy that is focused on the connections between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. If you're feeling stuck in a pattern that you can't get out of, CBT can help you figure out why, and develop tools and strategies for breaking that cycle.

— Maya Borgueta, Psychologist in San Francisco, CA

Sydney receives specific supervision on how to apply CBT using a trauma informed approach.

— Sydney Micheletti, Licensed Professional Counselor in Athens, GA

Much of my training was in my PhD and beyond has been in CBT. Our thoughts really have a powerful influence on our behaviors and feelings; however, many times we accept our thoughts as they are without question. Using socratic strategies, I often find that clients can uncover deeper themes in their patterns of thinking and nonjudgmental awareness of these themes translates into enormous power in terms of self-awareness.

— Calvin Fitch, Psychologist in Boston, MA

I, for several decades now, used the cognitive model to point out the misperceptions of, or erroneous thoughts about, situations, people, and life events, that influence their emotional and more importantly behavioral responses. I skillfully identify and correct these behavior creating distorted beliefs, I influence the clients processing of information, and give new corrected views of distorted thoughts, all for the purpose of having the client autonomously manage risk.

— "Sex Addiction", Sexual Misbehavior Absolute Expert James Foley, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.

— Colleen Lovett, Mental Health Practitioner in LINCOLN, NE

CBT is one of my main approaches to healing.

— Janelle Barnes, Addictions Counselor in New York, NY

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

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that identifies difficulties within our cognitions (how we think about things) and how that may affect our behavior (what we do) and emotions (how we feel).

— Bridget Jones, Clinical Psychologist in Dayton, OH

CBT proposes that a client's mood and behavior is influenced by their dysfunctional thinking and that this is common to all psychological disturbances. If we choose to use CBT, I will help you learn to evaluate your thinking in a way that is more realistic and adaptive. By doing this, we can decrease the negative emotion and maladaptive behaviors.

— TERILYNN SIMONS, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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 specialty training in this approach over and above the general training that is offered in grad school, including proven application and outcomes.

— Alicia Ferris, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Olympia, WA

Our thoughts often drive the way we feel. Our thoughts impact the severity in which we experience anxiety, depression, opposition... With CBT, we continue to utilize the main theme of strengths. We use our strengths to empower exploration of negative thoughts that hold us back and create destructive or disturbing thought patterns. We work to increase our understanding of these patterns so that we can identify skills to utilize to help minimize their impact on our life.

— MICHAEL ROSE, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

I use a wide range of treatment approaches choosing the most effective for the issue involved, including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Narrative, and Mindfulness based psychotherapies

— Jessica Morrison, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

I use CBT most often in my work. I believe that change happens when you change your thoughts, which will affect your feelings and your feelings will dictate your behavior. While CBT is the foundation of my work, I employ other strategies to achieve the changing of a person's mind (perspective).

— Desiree Evans, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,

I use cognitive behavioral therapy for breaking irrational thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and rebuilding new healthy habits and patterns.

— Siyuan Kennedy, Licensed Professional Counselor in Madison, MS

I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in most of my therapeutic sessions to examine patterns, assess triggers, and conduct a treatment plan. Together, we will break down the obstacles you face into smaller more manageable parts to promote healing and change.

— Emily Stern, Mental Health Counselor

I am well-versed in multiple CBT frameworks, including ACT and DBT. I guide clients in learning to identify unhelpful thoughts and thought patterns without getting stuck or buying into them without questioning. I do this through various CBT techniques, including checking the facts, ABC worksheets, and creating in vivo and imaginal exposures.

— Amanda Wetegrove-Romine, Psychologist in San Antonio, TX

Many of us struggle with unhelping thinking and negative self-talk. What people often fail to acknowledge is how debilitating this can become. More often that people realize, anxiety and depression can take over all facets of your life and make it a struggle to make decisions, connect with others or even leave your home. I have years of experience using CBT both with individuals and in groups settings. I have found CBT to be a critical tool in achieving your goals and long term stability.

— Angelica Onofrio, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO