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 based upon the notion that how you think determines how you feel and how you behave. Combining CBT with mindfulness and body awareness (somatic experiencing) can support you in identifying your thought patterns and how they influence your emotions and behaviors to help you shift and change them with intentional responses to reduce emotional reactivity. This intervention can increase your "library" of thoughts with positive, reassuring thoughts to increase overall confidence and wellness.

— Ashley Johns Hinder, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in LAS VEGAS, NV

I will help you come to realize that your thoughts have a significant impact on your feelings and behavior. I will help you identify negative thoughts and thinking patterns and help you reframe them into positive ones.

— Joseph Roth, Clinical Social Worker

Olivia has utilized CBT in individual, group, and psychoeducation classes for over ten years

— Olivia Van Ness, Licensed Professional Counselor in Fort Worth, TX

I have been using CBT for two decades to uncover and identify damaging beliefs and thought patterns. CBT can be a powerful tool for people to understand the connections between thoughts and behaviors, not only to get rid of unhelpful ways of being but to create our state of mind and ideal life.

— Lila Sideras, Licensed Professional Counselor in Tucson, AZ

Although I do not provide therapy, my treatment approach is holistic and based in CBT and psychodynamic therapies.

— Dr. Donald Smith, Psychiatrist in Northampton, MA

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

I have ten years experience providing CBT.

— Melissa Ludwig, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

I work with People of Color, Veterans and adults/seniors. Clients who work with me can expect to focus on their thoughts, emotions, behaviors and relational patterns from a heart-centered approach. I utilize a variety of interventions from several theoretical frameworks (such as cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and solution focused). Determining how I adapt my clinical interventions relies heavily on the unique background, presenting concerns, and motivation of you as the client.

— Tiffany Schiffner, Psychologist in Orlando, FL

CBT is a very effective therapy for many issues. It's a partnership between you and I and focuses on both the ways you act and belief you have which might may be unhelpful to you. For example, If we change a particular way of thinking (or acting), we can change our emotions and actions (or thinking). Sometimes we have assumptions (like the belief "I am unlovable") that can affect our lives without even being aware of it. When we can see the lies in those beliefs, our lives can completely change.

— Alicia Polk, Licensed Professional Counselor in Belton, MO

During my post-doctoral fellowship at the San Diego Veterans Affairs hospital, I gained significant experience in integrating cognitive behavioral techniques into my work with clients. Depending on the particular needs and goals of each client, CBT skills in our sessions can include gaining awareness of particular thought patterns that might be getting in your way, as well as practicing how to challenge those thoughts/beliefs and how to reframe them to be more helpful or self-compassionate.

— Solara Calderon, Clinical Psychologist in Encinitas, CA

I have Masters level training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as training/experience through my field practicum and job at Hope and Thrive Counseling. I have been able to conduct CBT with clients handling depression and anxiety. I have utilized CBT techniques such as theories of cognitive distortions, automatic thought logs, socratic questioning, emotional journals, exercises in relaxation and self-care, etc.

— Anna Niforos, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Ferndale, MI

CBT is one tool that I use to assist clients in examining how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are tied together. Learning our patterns of negative thinking helps us to better handle challenging situations. It is one of many tools that I offer in conjunction with others to assist clients struggling with anxiety, depression and self-esteem.

— Chris Parker, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) . CBT can also be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.

— Helen Palmer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Through Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) I can assist you with identifying challenge and thoughts that are negatively affecting your mental health and quality of life and can present with symptoms of depression or anxiety, relationship problems, anger issues and stress.

— Porsche Collins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Charlotte, NC

CBT focuses on identifying distorted thought patterns and working to shift those patterns. We can build awareness around how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all connected and how changing our thought patterns can support in managing our emotions and changing our behaviors.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is highly effective due to its evidence-based approach that links thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It offers practical tools to challenge negative thought patterns, empowering individuals to reframe their thinking and develop coping strategies. CBT's goal-oriented nature and collaborative approach help clients achieve specific outcomes in a relatively short timeframe. Its adaptability makes it suitable for a range of mental health issues, and its emphasis on

— Rachelle Felix, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Corona, CA

CBT therapists emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.

— Roderic Burks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Burbank, CA

I believe that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all intertwined; and understanding how they all connect to one another is key to understanding how we can be our best selves.

— Mark Eades, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Efland, NC