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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a modality of psychological treatment that is considered the gold standard of therapy available. CBT has demonstrated strong evidence in remitting difficulties including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. There is significant research supporting CBT as the most effective treatment for adults struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

CBT follows the principles that psychological stress is caused and perpetuated by unhelpful beliefs and learned problematic behaviors. It is a treatment that focuses on changing one’s beliefs and behaviors as a means to relieve emotional suffering.

What to Expect:

  • While determining the length of treatment is a collaborative process between the patient and clinician, you can expect to be in therapy for a short-moderate period. Typically, CBT treatments last between 10-20 sessions (3-6 months).
  • In contrast to process-oriented therapies (which are wonderful treatments as well!), CBT is structured and focused. With guidance, we will identify specific treatment goals and set an agenda each week to work towards change.
  • CBT emphasizes the work both inside and outside the therapy room. Over time our sessions are thought of as consults, and you will be given out of session assignments to practice on your own. As with any skill, practice is the pathway to progress. Assignments are a sure-fire way to create and sustain long-lasting and meaningful change.

Feel free to give us a call to discuss whether CBT would be the right fit for you.