Metacognitive Therapy (MCT)

Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy first developed by Adrian Wells. MCT is founded on the belief that a lot of psychological distress results from how a person responds to negative thoughts and beliefs, rather than the content of those thoughts. MCT is evidence-based and can be used to effectively treat a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, obsessive–compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and depression. The goal of MCT is to first discover what patients believe about their own thoughts and about how their mind works, then to show the patient how these beliefs lead to unhelpful responses to thoughts that serve to unintentionally prolong or worsen symptoms, and finally to provide alternative ways of responding to thoughts in order to allow a reduction of symptoms. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Metacognitive Therapy experts today.

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Psychoeducation and strengths-based techniques can help clients help themselves. Understanding your own patterns and working on creating new ones, by using our mind's ability to create new pathways is using neuroplasticity to make lasting changes in your life.

— Molly Gales, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

With a wealth of expertise in metacognitive therapy, I bring a unique skill set rooted in this transformative approach. Metacognitive therapy focuses on developing individuals' awareness and understanding of their thinking processes, allowing them to gain insight into how their thoughts impact their emotions and behaviors. Through specialized training and practical application, I have honed my ability to guide individuals in identifying and challenging unhelpful cognitive patterns.

— Richard Banton, Clinical Social Worker in Rocky Hill, CT

A part of this approach that I use most frequently is teaching clients ways to think about what they think about. Many of my clients are amazed that they don't stop and actually think about their beliefs/values. When you externalize this internal process and challenge it, you begin to reduce the internal chatter that often creates cycles of worry, self-loathing, and other internal blockage that distracts you from becoming your best self.

— Gabriel Jones, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I am trained in Metacognitive Therapy for individuals in psychosis and for those with anxiety.

— Sabrina Carboni, Educational Psychologist