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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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy looks at the relationship between your thoughts, your feelings and what you do. It looks at how your life has shaped what you believe, and if that is working to help you live the life you want. It is evidence based and very effective with anxiety, stress, self-criticism and insomnia.

— Ruth Conviser, Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

Using CBT in therapy allows me to help clients feel empowered and in control of their lives and mental health by learning skills and techniques to become in control of their thoughts and behaviors. We don’t realize how many of our thoughts and behaviors run on autopilot and affect our we feel without us even having a say. I can teach you how to take control of your thoughts and beliefs and make changes when needed so you can feel better.

— Kylee Nelson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

CBT offers a lot of specific evidence-based (proven!) skills that can help you to address negative thought patterns that get in the way of living your life. This is the go-to treatment for anxiety, depression, and a number of other issues. I use CBT with many patients, but it can be integrated with other treatment approaches, depending on your goals.

— Wade McDonald, Clinical Psychologist in Frisco, TX

I have extensive knowledge and experience in identifying and modifying problematic thoughts and behaviors. My training and practical application have enabled me to help clients effectively manage and overcome a wide range of psychological challenges, fostering lasting change and improved mental health.

— Margo De La Cruz, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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

Beliefs are often unconscious and go unquestioned. Paradigms of thinking can severely limit our potential for growth. My counseling philosophy is founded on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which challenges people to examine automatic thoughts that may be causing them undue distress. Once brought to light, limiting beliefs can be replaced with empowering ones. Then, more fulfilling habits naturally follow, and sustained positive change can happen.

— Michael Ceely, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

CBT focuses on the impact of individual perceptions on one's emotions and behavioral response. Our minds often distort reality, particularly when we are distressed. CBT helps people identify their distressing thoughts and evaluate their accuracy. Clients learn to change their distorted thinking to a truer version of reality. When they think more realistically, they feel better. Problem-solving and behavioral change are key components.

— Jennifer Bearden, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CBT allows us to dive deeper as we discuss core fears, trauma and beliefs that hold you back. We also explore positive experiences that we may have forgotten about since we've often been focused on the negative. In this way we find courage, confidence, and a more balanced perception of ourselves. Then, we can discuss what it looks like for you to be the person you want to be and practice ways to act in alignment with that version of yourself.

— Karilyn (Kay) Bela, Counselor in Lancaster, PA

Through CBT, we will work together to identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs, ultimately restructuring them to promote healthier coping strategies and more adaptive behavior. This collaborative, goal-oriented therapy is effective in treating a range of conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

— Jillian Cea, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Harrison, NY

All of our clinicians are trained in a CBT approach to treatment.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in Warrington, PA

Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking.

— Dr. Sonia Dhaliwal, Psychologist in Las Vegas, NV

Together we will begin to confront unhealthy cognitive (thought) patterns that stop you from moving forward in your life. We will process, recognize and adapt negative cognitions and work to increase more positive and healthy thought systems about yourself. It is a corner stone of treatment to change the way we speak to ourselves and begin to increase healthy self talk.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Often when we feel distressed, our thoughts can be our own worst enemies. Using CBT, you'll develop the skills to challenge and defeat those negative thoughts, as well as gaining control over the emotions that can feel so overwhelming.

— Jennifer Gomez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marlton, NJ

I have extensive work in treating irrational thinking patterns and disrupting these cycles.

— Samantha Tenner, Therapist in Denver, CO

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a goal-oriented form of therapy that is structured around a specific goal. While working through a specific issue person will learn to focus on the situations and thoughts that are causing the undesired responses, including somatic or cognitive. Throughout this modality one learns to identify the negative thinking that is causing this unpleasant and sometimes crippling response.

— Nataly Kuznetsov, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in NAPA, 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 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