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 guides you through analyzing your thoughts and forming new, healthier ways of thinking. We explore the connection between your experiences, thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and consequences. We identify with specificity how you can intervene with your own thinking patterns to help influence your emotions and actions, thereby increasing the likelihood of more desirable outcomes. CBT places a heavy emphasis on rational thinking and deep-seeded core beliefs.

— Adam Stanford, Counselor in , CO

In CBT, we look at how our thoughts, feelings, reactions, and behaviors are all interconnected. By being able to identify how each of these interplay, we can better work together to find alternative patterns that - rather than result in anxiety, fearfulness, depression, etc. - can alleviate these symptoms and help you not only identify triggers but provide yourself alternative/healthier coping mechanisms.

— Amy Ruesche, Social Worker in Colorado Springs, CO

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most widely researched and effective treatment approaches used today. Known for its powerful impact on anxiety and depression, CBT is based on the notion that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence one another. My job is to help you change unhelpful patterns in each of these areas to globally improve the joy and fulfillment you experience in your daily life! I have years of training in CBT from both practice and research.

— Saira Malhotra, Therapist in Denver, CO

I have been trained in CBT while in graduate school. Additionally, I was a field supervisor for interns who were enrolled in CBT courses. I have attended a number of relevant workshops to maintain my skill set and regularly access this model to work with my patients.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cape Coral, FL

Your behaviors with food and your body image tell a story. We can use this story to better understand what is going on underneath your relationship with food and body image. We help you change your behaviors so you can have more availability to work on the underlying emotions. In turn, this helps you let go of needing the eating disorder/body image to help you cope.

— Food Is Not The Enemy Eating Disorder Services, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I incorporate CBT and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) techniques to assist in managing distress on an individual level. For example, we can examine and develop your skills in the areas of assertiveness, boundary-setting, balanced thinking, relationship skills, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns.

— Joseph Burclaw, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wausau, WI

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention[1][2] that aims to improve mental health.[3] CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviors, improving emotional regulation,[2][4] and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.

— Michele Yurgin, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rainier, OR

I have completed various graduate and post-graduate courses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is one of the most recognized treatment approaches to heal anxiety and depression symptoms, by examining our thoughts, which impact our feelings and behaviors. I am a rostered trained professional for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which utilizes CBT interventions in addition to exposure and narrative therapy for children and adolescents managing trauma symptoms and traumatic histories.

— Rachel Pires, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plantation, FL

Sometimes the roots run deeper than simple, practical coaching skills. CBT allows us to dive deeper as we discuss core fears, trauma and beliefs that hold you back. We may look at your earliest memories and beliefs as we work on reframing them to be beliefs that are in line with who you are becoming. We then give space for processing the "cognition" (thoughts and beliefs) and then look at how we can adjust the behaviors to be in line with who we are becoming.

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

As an addictions counselor in an outpatient hospital setting, I lead many education groups to help clients learn the skills to manage self critical, triggering thoughts and behaviors and the best ways to help manage them to avoid relapse.

— Catherine Conway, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Lombard, IL

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach that works on the basis that the way we think and interpret events can affect how we behave and feel. CBT is goal-oriented and requires active involvement in the healing process. I can help you recognize the ways your thoughts affect your feeling and behavior. We work in collaboration to increase your healthy coping tools. We may utilize a weekly action plan to help you practice daily.

— Mekeya Jama, Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis, MO

CBT has always been my go-to as a therapist. When we take time to challenge our automatic thought processes and look at and shift behaviors, amazing change can happen. I also believe that the shifts can be subtle and still lead to wonderful growth in our daily lives.

— Rayna Milner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , OK

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is probably the most popular type of therapy and has been for the past 20 years. This is because it is straight forward, logical, and it works! I trained in this type of therapy for many years and this is the primary type of approach I use. People like it because we get working on the problem the very first session, and we're working on current issues, rather than spending a lot of time talking about your past.

— Stephen Grimes, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

It is said that "we don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." We each have a certain lens through which we see the world, which creates perceptions that may not always be accurate or helpful. CBT teaches us the skills to identify our feelings and thoughts, and connect them to destructive behavior patterns. When we have the whole picture, it becomes easier to change our perceptions, and in turn our experiences.

— Inness Pryor, Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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 clients 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 Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Sometimes the roots run deeper than simple, practical coaching skills. CBT allows us to dive deeper as we discuss core fears, trauma and beliefs that hold you back. We may look at your earliest memories and beliefs as we work on reframing them to be beliefs that are in line with who you are becoming. Once we've addressed the "cognition" (thoughts and beliefs), then we can move to action steps that will help you to move forward in your life.

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

CBT theory suggests that what we think and do affects the way we feel. This means that it is not events that bother us, but rather the way that we interpret those events. CBT helps people identify and change ineffective thinking by replacing it with more accurate thoughts. Thousands of research trials have demonstrated that CBT is an effective treatment for many conditions, including anxiety and depression.

— Carmen F Juneidi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I use Cognitive Behavioral therapy to guide and teach those I work with in making the connection between their thoughts, feelings, emotions and how those impact and influence their own behavior.

— Jessica Clark, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in El Dorado Hills, CA