Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Nicole Logan
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
With mindfulness-based practices and Cognitive Behavioral techniques, we can change the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to overwhelming feelings.
I utilize a client centered approach in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. In a safe, supportive, and non judgemental space we can explore the negative patterns in your life, work through any barriers, and move towards healing, growth, and change.
With mindfulness-based practices and Cognitive Behavioral techniques, we can change the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to overwhelming feelings.
I utilize a client centered approach in working with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief, relationship issues, and life transitions. In a safe, supportive, and non judgemental space we can explore the negative patterns in your life, work through any barriers, and move towards healing, growth, and change.
(415) 704-6947 View (415) 704-6947
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Christian Lozano
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining my psychodynamic educational background with cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness techniques.
Hello, I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the East Bay Area, California. I also offer Telehealth services for patients who reside in New York and California. Bilingual therapy is provided in English/Spanish. I specialize in working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, and relationship issues. In my practice, I strive to create a warm, trusting and supportive environment, which I believe is essential to the healing process. I work collaboratively with clients to address their emotional distress and help them achieve self-growth and the changes they are looking for.
I use an integrative approach to psychotherapy, combining my psychodynamic educational background with cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR and mindfulness techniques.
Hello, I am a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in the East Bay Area, California. I also offer Telehealth services for patients who reside in New York and California. Bilingual therapy is provided in English/Spanish. I specialize in working with clients who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, life transitions, and relationship issues. In my practice, I strive to create a warm, trusting and supportive environment, which I believe is essential to the healing process. I work collaboratively with clients to address their emotional distress and help them achieve self-growth and the changes they are looking for.
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Men's Issues - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94607
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
Welcome to my practice. I have been in practice since 2007 and have been featured on ABC, NBC, and KCAL as an expert psychologist. I work primarily with men who have hit “rock bottom” and would like help getting up. These men are often in crisis when we first meet. The issues I address are typically related to unhealthy sexual behaviors, infidelity, financial recklessness, gambling, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty/lying, and relational conflicts. My therapy approach is a combination of psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and the 12-Step recovery model. I also share insight from my own painful but redemptive recovery journey.
(510) 983-7281 View (510) 983-7281
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Gregory W Dy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
As a specialist in anxiety, depression, and couples therapy, I employ ACT, CBT, and Gottman Method.
Are you feeling stuck, unhappy, or frustrated in your relationship? Do you want to improve your communication, intimacy, and trust with your partner? Or are you struggling with personal issues such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many people face challenges in their lives that affect their well-being and happiness. That is why I am here to hold space and unravel these challenges you may face. Whether you are looking for couples therapy, individual therapy, or both, I am ready to work with you and help you create positive changes in your life.
As a specialist in anxiety, depression, and couples therapy, I employ ACT, CBT, and Gottman Method.
Are you feeling stuck, unhappy, or frustrated in your relationship? Do you want to improve your communication, intimacy, and trust with your partner? Or are you struggling with personal issues such as anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many people face challenges in their lives that affect their well-being and happiness. That is why I am here to hold space and unravel these challenges you may face. Whether you are looking for couples therapy, individual therapy, or both, I am ready to work with you and help you create positive changes in your life.
(510) 824-8472 View (510) 824-8472
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Gabriela Luciana Ruiz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94605  (Online Only)
Life transitions can be overwhelming experiences and even though it takes some time to adjust to changes in our lives, it is good to reach out to professionals that can help you. My focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and complicated grief therapy. Sadness over a loss is normal and everyone takes a different and unique path to navigate grief. We try to cope with the world’s challenges based on the values and strengths we built during childhood, but there are ways to rekindle our creativity and joy as adults to re imagine a new way to live.
Life transitions can be overwhelming experiences and even though it takes some time to adjust to changes in our lives, it is good to reach out to professionals that can help you. My focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and complicated grief therapy. Sadness over a loss is normal and everyone takes a different and unique path to navigate grief. We try to cope with the world’s challenges based on the values and strengths we built during childhood, but there are ways to rekindle our creativity and joy as adults to re imagine a new way to live.
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Mary K. Sanders
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
My commitment as a psychotherapist, social worker, and social justice advocate is to explore the depths of transgenerational trauma and peel off the layers of oppression and cultural conditioning so that we can relate to our true self. My experience is working with Black, Indegenious, People of Color (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrant and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, and relational issues. I am committed to treating trauma and am certified in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My commitment as a psychotherapist, social worker, and social justice advocate is to explore the depths of transgenerational trauma and peel off the layers of oppression and cultural conditioning so that we can relate to our true self. My experience is working with Black, Indegenious, People of Color (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrant and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, and relational issues. I am committed to treating trauma and am certified in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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Lytara Garcia
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
Hi there, my name is Lytara Garcia and I am an LCSW in California via telehealth. I have experience in working with various age groups including children as young as 4 years to adults as young as 80 years old and older. I have various training in cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging negative thoughts, understanding your emotions and behaviors), Solution Focused Therapy (goal focus), harm reduction, and mindfulness working with adults 25+. I've worked with adults transitioning back into the civilian world after incarceration (so trauma and life-skills informed).
Hi there, my name is Lytara Garcia and I am an LCSW in California via telehealth. I have experience in working with various age groups including children as young as 4 years to adults as young as 80 years old and older. I have various training in cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging negative thoughts, understanding your emotions and behaviors), Solution Focused Therapy (goal focus), harm reduction, and mindfulness working with adults 25+. I've worked with adults transitioning back into the civilian world after incarceration (so trauma and life-skills informed).
(510) 662-1062 View (510) 662-1062
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Angelica Muñoz
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601  (Online Only)
My holistic methodology draws from diverse therapeutic techniques such as trauma focused CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic, strength based, culturally sensitive and relational therapy to support your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Welcome! Congratulations on taking the initial step towards healing. I'm Dr. Angelica Muñoz, a Bilingual Latinx Psychologist. I specialize in guiding individuals through various challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, queer and sexual identity exploration, cultural identity, and navigating perinatal and postpartum mental health.
My holistic methodology draws from diverse therapeutic techniques such as trauma focused CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, psychodynamic, strength based, culturally sensitive and relational therapy to support your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Welcome! Congratulations on taking the initial step towards healing. I'm Dr. Angelica Muñoz, a Bilingual Latinx Psychologist. I specialize in guiding individuals through various challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, queer and sexual identity exploration, cultural identity, and navigating perinatal and postpartum mental health.
(510) 804-3341 View (510) 804-3341
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Karen Lau
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
My practice and training include CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness, and other trauma informed interventions such as IFS, EMDR and CPT.
Clients come to me due to anxiety, grief and trauma related concerns while facing stressors and life transitions. Life is difficult when you are experiencing mental health struggles due to health, family or marital situations, dating hardships, work conflict and/or past life experiences. It affects self confidence. You could be struggling while navigating the impact of immigration, cultural background, identity, inter-generational differences, interpersonal challenges, and career demands on your worldview and yourself. As an Asian therapist, I not only have familiarity but also cultural competency in helping APIDA individuals.
My practice and training include CBT, ACT, DBT, Mindfulness, and other trauma informed interventions such as IFS, EMDR and CPT.
Clients come to me due to anxiety, grief and trauma related concerns while facing stressors and life transitions. Life is difficult when you are experiencing mental health struggles due to health, family or marital situations, dating hardships, work conflict and/or past life experiences. It affects self confidence. You could be struggling while navigating the impact of immigration, cultural background, identity, inter-generational differences, interpersonal challenges, and career demands on your worldview and yourself. As an Asian therapist, I not only have familiarity but also cultural competency in helping APIDA individuals.
(925) 304-3846 View (925) 304-3846
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Stacey Ann Spilly
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610
I use a variety of modalities such as ACT, CBT, IFS, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I believe healing is a multifaceted process that requires a holistic and collaborative approach. I help individuals and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, relationship stress, trauma, grief and loss, or life transitions. I will listen and engage with you authentically to help build a safe and trusting alliance. I use a trauma-informed and client-centered approach to better understand your unique situation and personal goals. I believe we are mind, body, and spirit and my aim is to treat the whole person so that we can live in balance with ourselves, our environment, and feel a sense of integration.
I use a variety of modalities such as ACT, CBT, IFS, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
I believe healing is a multifaceted process that requires a holistic and collaborative approach. I help individuals and couples overcome challenges like anxiety, depression, relationship stress, trauma, grief and loss, or life transitions. I will listen and engage with you authentically to help build a safe and trusting alliance. I use a trauma-informed and client-centered approach to better understand your unique situation and personal goals. I believe we are mind, body, and spirit and my aim is to treat the whole person so that we can live in balance with ourselves, our environment, and feel a sense of integration.
(510) 529-3770 View (510) 529-3770
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Nekolas Milton
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94612  (Online Only)
Hello my name is Dr. Nekolas “Neko” Milton, I am a Registered Psychological Associate. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I operate from a client-centered, humanistic approach, focusing on aspects of existentialism, mindfulness, family-systems, multiculturalism, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while keeping careful consideration of cultural concerns and practices. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma-related diagnoses, and incorporate evidenced-based practices to address maladaptive patterns and behaviors.
Hello my name is Dr. Nekolas “Neko” Milton, I am a Registered Psychological Associate. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I operate from a client-centered, humanistic approach, focusing on aspects of existentialism, mindfulness, family-systems, multiculturalism, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while keeping careful consideration of cultural concerns and practices. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma-related diagnoses, and incorporate evidenced-based practices to address maladaptive patterns and behaviors.
(415) 851-8356 View (415) 851-8356
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Jacqueline Ong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
My primary approach is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), having learned TEAM-CBT from Dr.
Are you feeling stressed, stuck, or even stunned by all that is happening in the world today? Perhaps you’ve experienced a change in relationship, upsetting news or trauma, and it’s taking all your energy to do activities that were once routine. Or maybe life is going as planned, but something’s missing and you’re wondering about the bigger picture. In these moments, finding a professional who wants to understand your point of view and help you find a way forward can make a huge difference. I can help you learn cutting-edge skills to reduce anxiety and depression, improve relationships and live a more joyful and satisfying life.
My primary approach is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), having learned TEAM-CBT from Dr.
Are you feeling stressed, stuck, or even stunned by all that is happening in the world today? Perhaps you’ve experienced a change in relationship, upsetting news or trauma, and it’s taking all your energy to do activities that were once routine. Or maybe life is going as planned, but something’s missing and you’re wondering about the bigger picture. In these moments, finding a professional who wants to understand your point of view and help you find a way forward can make a huge difference. I can help you learn cutting-edge skills to reduce anxiety and depression, improve relationships and live a more joyful and satisfying life.
(510) 939-7414 View (510) 939-7414
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Tynisa D. Snow
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
I provide individual, group, and couples therapy for adults. Clients of all faiths, cultures, ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome. My focus is helping clients process and work through problems involving depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, trauma, stress, and life transitions.
I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
I provide individual, group, and couples therapy for adults. Clients of all faiths, cultures, ethnic groups, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities are welcome. My focus is helping clients process and work through problems involving depression, anxiety, relationship issues, loss, trauma, stress, and life transitions.
(510) 939-7914 View (510) 939-7914
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Dr. Lauren Szyper
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Utilizing evidence-based approaches like CBT, I support my clients in creating clear goals that we monitor closely to track change.
The world can be overwhelming, especially if you are part of a minority group, that leads us to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Do you desire meaningful relationships, success in school or your career, and feel your best physically and emotionally? Many do, however, discrimination, insecurity, fear of abandonment, imposter syndrome, and not feeling good enough can make attaining this sometimes feel impossible. This is where I can help. For over 20 years I have assisted my clients in stepping outside of their circumstances and gain a better vantage point to understand and create meaningful change in life.
Utilizing evidence-based approaches like CBT, I support my clients in creating clear goals that we monitor closely to track change.
The world can be overwhelming, especially if you are part of a minority group, that leads us to put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Do you desire meaningful relationships, success in school or your career, and feel your best physically and emotionally? Many do, however, discrimination, insecurity, fear of abandonment, imposter syndrome, and not feeling good enough can make attaining this sometimes feel impossible. This is where I can help. For over 20 years I have assisted my clients in stepping outside of their circumstances and gain a better vantage point to understand and create meaningful change in life.
(510) 851-9938 View (510) 851-9938
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Janine Sandler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work most frequently with adults struggling with depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss and life transitions.
I incorporate mindfulness practice into all work and utilize Internal Family Systems, CBT, Brainspotting and Psychodynamic approaches.
Change, healing and growth are no small tasks. I know this first hand and am here to help others find their own success overcoming the pain and obstacles they encounter throughout life. I work collaboratively with individuals to identify sources of stress, discover unsuccessful patterns, embrace difficult feelings and develop both internal and external resources for getting to where they want to go. I hope to foster greater self-awareness, acceptance and compassion in all of my clients. I work most frequently with adults struggling with depression, general anxiety, social anxiety, trauma, grief/loss and life transitions.
(510) 306-7192 View (510) 306-7192
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Christi Gallon
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
I utilize CBT, family systems therapy, and trauma processing to help my clients regulate and process unresolved feelings and negative patterns.
Are you hindered by anxiety, depression, or trauma, preventing you from expressing your authentic self? Do you find yourself trapped in navigating challenging family and relationship situations? Every minor issue now feels incredibly overwhelming, reopening past wounds and creating new ones. Despite attempting to bury the pain, it persists, leaving you feeling isolated and tormented. The constant exhaustion, stress, and anger make you question your resilience. Unsure of where to seek assistance, you don't have to endure this painful journey by yourself. I aim to assist you in achieving a more integrated and balanced sense of self.
I utilize CBT, family systems therapy, and trauma processing to help my clients regulate and process unresolved feelings and negative patterns.
Are you hindered by anxiety, depression, or trauma, preventing you from expressing your authentic self? Do you find yourself trapped in navigating challenging family and relationship situations? Every minor issue now feels incredibly overwhelming, reopening past wounds and creating new ones. Despite attempting to bury the pain, it persists, leaving you feeling isolated and tormented. The constant exhaustion, stress, and anger make you question your resilience. Unsure of where to seek assistance, you don't have to endure this painful journey by yourself. I aim to assist you in achieving a more integrated and balanced sense of self.
(415) 993-6015 View (415) 993-6015
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Adam Anderson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
I also have training in and utilize Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Life is hard in our unpredictable, uncertain and rapidly changing world. It makes sense that you may be struggling try to find ground under your feet, a calm amidst the storm of intense emotions and distressing thoughts. Are you looking for practical tools to help steady the mind and effectively respond to life challenges? If you choose to work with me, we will work collaboratively to reduce suffering by meeting difficult experiences with openness and compassion. We will become curious and attentive to the present moment while cultivating a life that is vital and meaningful.
I also have training in and utilize Dialectical Behavioral therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Life is hard in our unpredictable, uncertain and rapidly changing world. It makes sense that you may be struggling try to find ground under your feet, a calm amidst the storm of intense emotions and distressing thoughts. Are you looking for practical tools to help steady the mind and effectively respond to life challenges? If you choose to work with me, we will work collaboratively to reduce suffering by meeting difficult experiences with openness and compassion. We will become curious and attentive to the present moment while cultivating a life that is vital and meaningful.
(510) 983-5528 View (510) 983-5528
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Lizeth Toscano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
I use an eclectic approach, including expressive therapies, family systems, strengths-based therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
My approach is relational, healing-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative. I support parents, caregivers, and families to find their inner strengths and nurture their relationships with their children. I specialize in helping the parent-child dyad through attachment theory, empathy, and connecting communication. I aim to provide therapy based on the cultural and diverse needs of individuals, parents, families, and children. I am committed to providing emotional support and creating a safe environment where parents, families, and children can better understand themselves.
I use an eclectic approach, including expressive therapies, family systems, strengths-based therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy.
My approach is relational, healing-centered, strengths-based, and collaborative. I support parents, caregivers, and families to find their inner strengths and nurture their relationships with their children. I specialize in helping the parent-child dyad through attachment theory, empathy, and connecting communication. I aim to provide therapy based on the cultural and diverse needs of individuals, parents, families, and children. I am committed to providing emotional support and creating a safe environment where parents, families, and children can better understand themselves.
(510) 296-5557 View (510) 296-5557
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Marie Sarte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, my practice specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, unresolved trauma, anxiety, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. Effective therapy starts with a trusting relationship. In a safe space where you feel understood and accepted, we will work toward your goals so that you feel empowered to change and can begin to make positive changes in your life. Practice specialties: Teens, Young Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship and Family Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Trauma, and Substance Use.
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, my practice specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, unresolved trauma, anxiety, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. Effective therapy starts with a trusting relationship. In a safe space where you feel understood and accepted, we will work toward your goals so that you feel empowered to change and can begin to make positive changes in your life. Practice specialties: Teens, Young Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship and Family Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Trauma, and Substance Use.
(510) 401-3186 View (510) 401-3186
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Sean Alberto Kennedy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94606  (Online Only)
I know in this post pandemic world it can be extremely stressful filled with anxiety and dread. It is always a good idea to have a friendly listening ear to help alleviate your depressive and anxiety feelings. I bring with me more than ten years of clinical experience in cognitive behavioral, narrative, and talk therapies. In addition I work with clients who struggle with negative self talk and other anxiety disorders. I also work with traumatic issues such as survivors of physical and emotional abuse. I work with childhood trauma as well using the psychodynamic approach.
I know in this post pandemic world it can be extremely stressful filled with anxiety and dread. It is always a good idea to have a friendly listening ear to help alleviate your depressive and anxiety feelings. I bring with me more than ten years of clinical experience in cognitive behavioral, narrative, and talk therapies. In addition I work with clients who struggle with negative self talk and other anxiety disorders. I also work with traumatic issues such as survivors of physical and emotional abuse. I work with childhood trauma as well using the psychodynamic approach.
(510) 616-9164 View (510) 616-9164

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists

How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

Cognitive behavioral therapy works by exploring how your thoughts affect your emotions and experiences. CBT helps you identify distortions in your thinking. For example, you may tend to jump to the worst case scenario catastrophizing or think in extremes (all-or-nothing thinking). A therapist can teach you how to push back against those thoughts to ultimately change your feelings and behavior for the better. They can also provide coping skills to better deal with stressors and challenges.

When do I know to seek treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy?

It’s reasonable to consider cognitive behavioral therapy if you struggle to manage difficult emotions or behaviors to such an extent that you are not getting the most out of life on a day-to-day basis. If you want a shorter term, concrete, skills-based approach, CBT is a great option. (By contrast, other types of therapy may devote more time to exploring your past and its effects.) The decision to seek CBT also depends on the condition you’re treating; CBT is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma, and many other disorders.

How can I find a cognitive behavioral therapist for someone else?

To find a cognitive behavioral therapist for someone else, you may want to begin by discussing the person’s problem, researching cognitive behavioral therapy, and assessing whether the approach is the right fit. You could then reach out to a few cognitive behavioral therapists in this directory, explain the scenario, have a consultation with those available, and determine who could be a good match.

Why is CBT such a popular form of therapy?

CBT has become a popular form of therapy because it is effective and accessible. Robust research has demonstrated that CBT is an effective treatment for many mental health conditions. And CBT can be learned in relatively few sessions, which means that many people can engage in the process, afford it, and see results quickly. It involves learning concrete skills such as disputing unhelpful thoughts; these skills can also be taught and spread widely.