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 program at Oakland had a large emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I have also received additional training in Mindfulness-based CBT.

— Paige Sparkman, Counselor in Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Our overall beliefs can impact what we think and feel. Those beliefs can impact our behavior and actions. If we can process our past experiences and how they formed us, we can see patterns that may not be serving us and develop healthy ways to reframe our minds.

— Ashley MacLaren, Counselor in Seattle, WA

By examining your childhood and key relationships along the way, we can discover important core beliefs about Yourself, Others, and the World. These beliefs often lead to unhelpful thought patterns which in turn contribute to limiting patterns of behavior. We can uncover and balance such unhelpful thoughts to create more emotional freedom and regulation and enhance personal relationships and productivity.

— Amy Burley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Plano, TX

I started my career 12 years ago using strictly client centered/person centered and CBT. I have since added to my list of theoretical orientations however, CBT remains evidenced based and structured in a way that is helpful for many types of issues. It is a goal oriented and short term approach. It is an orientation that is easily used concurrently with others such as DBT or EMDR which makes it extremely versatile and effective.

— ShannonElaine John, Counselor in Fort Morgan, CO

CBT helps find perspective and create new patterns of thinking to heal and cope with different issues. CBT is a gentle challenge of patterns we form based on past trauma, experiences, and challenges, but we can create new ways of thinking by gaining introspection and awareness.

— New Patterns Counseling, PLLC, Licensed Professional Counselor in ROUND ROCK, TX

CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotion regulation and development of personal coping strategies that taregt solving current problems.

— Erika Gray, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I have completed several practicum and internships during masters and doctorate degree with training in CBT. I have completed additional training in more modalities from CBT. I have also been using this method for past six years.

— Victor Carrasco, Licensed Professional Counselor in El Paso, TX

My principle training was in addictions, pain management and rehabilitation psychology. I was trained in this modality as a principle intervention with these populations.

— Scott Hoye, Psychologist in Chicago, IL

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based practice that consistently produces positive results in my work with clients. I find it is one of the most effective therapeutic approaches across demographics and diagnoses.

— Meliora Counseling and Psychotherapy, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in White Plains, NY

Reframing thoughts. Recognizing and diffusing faulty thinking and beliefs. Also an intervention used with mindfulness (be here now). Thoughts, beliefs, and feelings can direct behavior. These variables can also add to dysregulated emotions and distress tolerance.

— Tammy Leday, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor

You can't throw a rock these days without hitting a therapist that uses CBT. And for good reason. CBT has been shown to one of the most effective evidence based treatments available to counselors. While other counselors may take every client step by step through the same general process, I use CBT concepts as a foundation for understanding the connection between what we think and what we feel. My focus is on finding the specific ways I can help you, the unique indivudal in front of me

— Chris Eaton, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

I believe in changing thought processes to challenge the cognitive distortions that are contributing to your distress.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It aims to identify and modify negative or distorted thought patterns that contribute to emotional distress and replace them with more positive, realistic thoughts. CBT is a goal-oriented, structured approach that uses various techniques such as cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and exposure therapy to help individuals develop coping strategies

— Sydney Phillips, Licensed Professional Counselor in Chandler, AZ

CBT is applicable not just in session to explore why things are challenging but in your day-to-day life - I use CBT techniques in my personal life as well. It just makes sense to consider how your thoughts, feelings and actions are all impacting one another to find ways to make changes. CBT can be used with kids, teens and adults, but it will look a little different in each case.

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Frederick, MD