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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My training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy is at the heart of much of my therapeutic work. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy principles I aid my clients in overcoming limiting beliefs and in setting realistic goals for their lives. I am also trained in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

— Cristina Spataro, Counselor

I was trained to use this modality under the supervision of Ivy League doctoral supervisors at USC. I have practiced this modality at all institutions I have been employed.

— Steven Su, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fullerton, CA

I have trained with the Beck Institute for CBT. Aaron Beck is the founder of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT represented a massive shift from the formative psychodynamic approaches in psychotherapy to an approach that focuses on changing negative thinking patterns and taking action to better your life.

— Meghan Walsh, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WESTBROOK, ME

I use CBT to gently challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and shift behaviors that may unknowingly increase distress.

— Dr. Katarina Ament, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen a person's emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. CBT helps identify these thoughts and challenges and replaces them with more objective, realistic, and helpful thoughts.

— Justine Moore, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , TX

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach that can be incredibly beneficial for you as a client. In our therapy sessions, we will work together to understand the connection between your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By identifying and challenging negative or irrational thoughts, we can address the distressing emotions and maladaptive behaviors you may be experiencing. Through this process, we will explore the underlying beliefs and assumptions that contribute to your difficulties. C

— Marnie Boyd, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

CBT is one of the most scientific based therapy models in modern psychology. CBT focuses on exploring the problematic distortions and thinking that one may have that are causing problems. CBT can help a client gain a better understanding of their behavior and have better confidence in life situations.

— Joshua Bogart, Professional Counselor Associate in Beaverton, 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 or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is aimed at assisting a client change the way they think which therefore impacts how they feel and behave. CBT helps clients identify errors in their thinking and find more accurate or helpful ways to view situations. CBT can help with an array of difficulties including but not limited to: anxiety, depression, panic, anger, phobias, insomnia, relationship problems, stress. This is my most common work.

— Brooke Zuzow, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in West Chester, OH

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of psychotherapy intervention that may help you to change unhelpful or unhealthy ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. CBT uses practical self-help strategies. These are designed to immediately improve your quality of life. CBT can be an effective way to treat depression and anxiety.

— Grief Recovery Center, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

CBT therapist for over 30 years

— Rachel Richards, Therapist in Vancouver, WA

I also believe that learning to treat yourself like a friend is important. Do you find that you are very hard on yourself, almost to the extent of berating yourself, when you make a mistake? Although that can feel like it keeps you motivated, it also can keep you disliking yourself and pushing yourself down. But, if you learn how to “give yourself a hand” and pull yourself up through self-compassion, you can live a life in which you learn from your experiences and use them to empower yourself.

— Steffanie Grossman, Psychologist in Dallas, TX

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 New York, New York, NY

An evidenced based approach used to treat a variety of issues.

— Jennifer Rubinstein Murray, Psychologist in ,

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy assumes that how we think and act impacts our emotional and physiological experience. With this framework in mind, CBT asks us to make substantive changes to our thoughts and behaviors, to prompt a less distressing, and more enjoyable existence. We use specific strategies aimed at helping make our thinking more helpful, and our behavioral choices more adaptive, leading to improvements in our quality of life.

— Ami Student, Clinical Psychologist