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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Completed training and maintain continuing education to stay current in evidence base approach.

— Dr. Dierdra Oretade-Branch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

I am extensively trained in CBT, including Trauma Focused CBT. While I integrate other therapeutic approaches into my practice, I feel that addressing the connection between thought, feelings, and behavior is an important element of the change process.

— Madison Marcotte, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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

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 is a comprehensible way of focusing on the cognitive processes that produce feelings. With CBT we work on identifying events and/or triggers that are linked to less-than helpful thinking patterns and how such distorted thoughts lend themselves to distressing feelings- emotions and bodily sensations. Together we work on collecting evidence to find a more truthful and adaptive thought that replaces the maladaptive interpretation and how such change impacts your being.

— Sabrina Samedi, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Westlake Village, CA

Thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected and have a big impact on mental and physical health. By examining this connection and creating a strategy for making deliberate changes, we can help restructure your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a way that aligns with your goals.

— Lauren Borkowski, Counselor in Longmont, CO

When we feel stuck and unhappy in our lives, we know that somethings need to change. CBT honors the notion that our deeply held beliefs affect our emotions and feelings, and that our emotions often determine our behaviors. Thus, to have a different experience in life, we must challenge and change the negative core beliefs that lead to the challenges we are facing. This is the heart of the CBT approach.

— Rick Isenberg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ridgway, CO

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

I utilize CBT to help successfully treat anxiety, depression, trauma, ptsd, and negative thought patterns. I enjoy helping clients develop healthier thought patterns and live a more enjoyable life.

— Madeleine VanCeylon, Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

CBT targets false cognitions and challenges negative beliefs. Therapy is designed around noticing how you speak to yourself and the beliefs behind your behavior. Progression through CBT relates to reassigning those beliefs, altering negative thought patterns, and replacing false cognitions to change reactivity and behavior.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and education in our sessions, so you can learn new skills to help you make mindset shifts, and receive access to tools to help you practice implementing it into your daily life.

— Audra Coons, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tampa, FL

I love using CBT to help clients see how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected. Clients often learn to open up about how distorted thinking can affect their lives. They learn how to improve cognitive flexibility and apply the CBT core concepts to make major changes in their lives.

— Dr. Angela Webb, Clinical Psychologist in Bonne Terre, MO

I am not a cognitive behavioral therapist, but I do generously incorporate lessons from cognitive science into my sessions, particularly ways in which our own thinking impacts our mood and behaviors. I challenge my clients to examine areas of their lives they have the autonomy and control to change things, which usually only involves the way they think about or react to a particular situation. CBT helps my clients see their lives in perspective and gives them a greater sense of mastery.

— Mary Mills, Counselor in Seattle, WA

CBT is a therapeutic way to address unhealthy thinking; helping you learn different and healthy ways of applying solutions, resolving problems, enhancing communications and relationships in everyday life. Ironically enough problem solving, is such a problem in and of itself. 'Why? you ask', it is the way we see the problem, that is the problem. “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein.

— Jennifer Hillier, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

I use CBT to help clients incorporate healthier thoughts and behaviors into their everyday life.

— Alyssa Podgorni, Counselor

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