What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most researched therapeutic approaches to date. Numerous studies prove that it affects people who engage in it with the help of a qualified therapist.

CBT is effective for many mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and trauma disorders. It supports the idea that people have cognitions, or thoughts, that are unhelpful that can lead to unhelpful behaviors. To change these behaviors, CBT therapists help clients examine their negative ways of thinking.

Your CBT therapist will first examine your negative thought patterns. Recognizing your unhelpful thoughts can lead to clarity about your actions. Once you understand how your unhelpful thoughts influence your behavior, your therapist will work with you to identify more helpful ways of thinking. Additionally, your therapist will help you find more positive ways of coping with negative thoughts and strong emotions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy utilizes individualized learning through homework activities that can help you more efficiently integrate the strategies you learn in therapy into your everyday life. Once you’ve incorporated some of these strategies into your daily life, your therapist will work with you to continue to reshape any negative or unhelpful ways of thinking that might arise.

Therapists Who Specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Michelle Gorden, LPC

Gainesville

Virginia

I’m Michelle Gorden, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am currently training in Gottman Method for couples. I specialize in treating mood disorders, trauma, and PTSD. My background is ...

Michael Johnson, Sr. LCSW

Cedar Hill

Texas

My objectives are to: ~ provide a safe/non-judgmental space to be seen and heard ~ partner with you in addressing your personal/relationship goals ~ provide you with real life approaches toward personal/relationship practices that promote honesty ~ identify unresolved issues that prevent personal/relationship growth ~ assist in developing self care skills/practices that heal rather than ignore ...

Erin Falconer, PhD, MSc, LMSW

New York

New York

I aim to create a safe space to collaboratively process trauma and work on issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness, relationship struggles, abuse, life and career concerns, and issues around identity and creative expression. I also specialize in helping people recover from coercive control and influence, including survivors of cultic abuse and high demand groups.

Robert Brian Noonan, PMHNP-BC

Seattle

Washington

Hello! I’m Brian Noonan, and I’m passionate about supporting your mental health journey. I’ve dedicated my career to helping adults navigate the complexities of their minds and emotions. My approach is personalized, integrating psychiatric evaluations with thoughtful medication management and the calming practice of mindfulness. You can trust that you’re in experienced hands. Your mental wellne...

Lisa Audino

Belfast

Maine

A desire to change is often forged in hardships that are overwhelming, painful, and cause suffering. It can be a difficult path to navigate alone. A therapeutic relationship based on trust, open communication, respect, and empathy is fundamental to overcoming struggles. Whether it is during a transition, an acute issue, or mental illness, I work to provide a supportive, safe, and non-judgmental…
I have an extensive experience with mental health and has been a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. My treatment approach is rooted in best-personalized treatment plans such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I’ve studied at the University of Massachusetts Global, where I obtained a Doctor of Nursing Practice/PMHNP.

Lucia Marquez, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Albuquerque

New Mexico

I truly believe that every person is unique, with their own set of strengths and challenges. My main goal is to help you discover your true self and to provide you with the support you need to make informed decisions about your life. I understand that simply prescribing medication is not the answer to all problems, and I want to help you gain a deeper understanding of what's going on in your mi...
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in each client’s uniqueness, and ensures a holistic treatment based on individual needs. I specialize in treating psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar, PTSD and ADHD in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. I am very passionate about contributing to the...
None of us becomes who we are in isolation. We'll work together in a safe and collaborative environment to set and follow the trajectory toward your own definition of success. I have experience with anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and trauma. A specialty of my practice is working with transgender and gender nonconforming individuals and their families.