Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in Sacramento, CA

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Jill Jeffers Clark
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95815
, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play and art, emotion management and assessment/evaluation.
My passion is working with couples to help them have a more meaningful connection with each other. I also help adults overcome obstacles such as relationship issues, anxiety, negative thoughts, trauma, etc. in order to reach their goals. I have over 25 years of experience treating children, teens and helping parents use evidence-based strategies that work.
, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play and art, emotion management and assessment/evaluation.
My passion is working with couples to help them have a more meaningful connection with each other. I also help adults overcome obstacles such as relationship issues, anxiety, negative thoughts, trauma, etc. in order to reach their goals. I have over 25 years of experience treating children, teens and helping parents use evidence-based strategies that work.
(916) 943-4214 View (916) 943-4214
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Stephen Taft
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
The foundation of my approach is informed by Emotion Focused Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Hello! I am Stephen Taft, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. We all reach points in our life when we need some additional support to break out of problem patterns or to manage difficult issues. If you have been experiencing trouble in your relationships, anxiety, depression or have been feeling overwhelmed; it may be a good time to start therapy. Together we can work to build upon your personal strengths to support your growth in order to create a happier and healthier life.
The foundation of my approach is informed by Emotion Focused Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Hello! I am Stephen Taft, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. We all reach points in our life when we need some additional support to break out of problem patterns or to manage difficult issues. If you have been experiencing trouble in your relationships, anxiety, depression or have been feeling overwhelmed; it may be a good time to start therapy. Together we can work to build upon your personal strengths to support your growth in order to create a happier and healthier life.
(530) 517-6130 View (530) 517-6130
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Amanda Whitten
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95825
I specialize in Attachment, Narrative and Emotionally Focused modalities as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Whether you are looking for support through a challenging situation or you are ready to begin working towards a new direction in your life, we can work together to create the foundation and self-awareness you need to reach your goals. We will collaboratively explore your past, present and what you want your future to look like.
I specialize in Attachment, Narrative and Emotionally Focused modalities as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Whether you are looking for support through a challenging situation or you are ready to begin working towards a new direction in your life, we can work together to create the foundation and self-awareness you need to reach your goals. We will collaboratively explore your past, present and what you want your future to look like.
(916) 252-4189 View (916) 252-4189
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Jeffrey W Danese
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, MA, LMHC, LPCC
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
My general approach to counseling is short-term and solution-focused with special attention to the working alliance, emotional dynamics, articulating values and constructing meaning, I am also trained in gestalt techniques, clinical hypno-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, art therapy, psychodrama, motivational interviewing, CBT, and ACT.
I graduated from a M.S. mental health counseling program at Eastern Washington University in 1995, got certified and ran a private practice in Seattle from 1995 through 2003. I worked in an outpatient community clinic, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, at retreat centers, and at a college counseling center until starting work on a PhD in Religious Studies and Psychology. I worked, studied, and lived in Europe, East Asia, and Africa before teaching 10 years at San Jose State University, so I am comfortable and confident working with very different sorts of people and I want everyone and anyone to feel welcome and at ease in my care.
My general approach to counseling is short-term and solution-focused with special attention to the working alliance, emotional dynamics, articulating values and constructing meaning, I am also trained in gestalt techniques, clinical hypno-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, art therapy, psychodrama, motivational interviewing, CBT, and ACT.
I graduated from a M.S. mental health counseling program at Eastern Washington University in 1995, got certified and ran a private practice in Seattle from 1995 through 2003. I worked in an outpatient community clinic, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, at retreat centers, and at a college counseling center until starting work on a PhD in Religious Studies and Psychology. I worked, studied, and lived in Europe, East Asia, and Africa before teaching 10 years at San Jose State University, so I am comfortable and confident working with very different sorts of people and I want everyone and anyone to feel welcome and at ease in my care.
(916) 354-6244 View (916) 354-6244
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Chenee Robinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95811  (Online Only)
I embrace a client-centered approach, incorporating principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based interventions.
Welcome to Rekindled Connections Therapy! I focus on assisting individuals from diverse backgrounds. My goal is to establish a safe and supportive environment where you can rekindle connections—to yourself, to others, and to the world around you. Through compassionate therapy sessions tailored to your unique needs, we'll explore the roots of your challenges and work together to cultivate resilience, self-awareness, and meaningful connections. Let's work together to unlock your inner strength and nurture a lifestyle of empowerment and fulfillment.
I embrace a client-centered approach, incorporating principles from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based interventions.
Welcome to Rekindled Connections Therapy! I focus on assisting individuals from diverse backgrounds. My goal is to establish a safe and supportive environment where you can rekindle connections—to yourself, to others, and to the world around you. Through compassionate therapy sessions tailored to your unique needs, we'll explore the roots of your challenges and work together to cultivate resilience, self-awareness, and meaningful connections. Let's work together to unlock your inner strength and nurture a lifestyle of empowerment and fulfillment.
(530) 317-4047 View (530) 317-4047
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Michael Anthony Nevans
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822  (Online Only)
Mike has received training and is experienced in CBT, ACT, and Imago couple's therapy.
Mike likes to work with people who are ready to make changes in their life. They do not need to know exactly what that looks like or means yet, they just need to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Mike enjoys working with people who have depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and addiction issues. He also practices couple therapy and likes to offer premarital counseling, empowerment couple's counseling, and helping the healing process post infidelity or other ruptures in the relationship. Mike spent 4 years working with people in an international setting in Tokyo and enjoys providing therapy in a multicultural space.
Mike has received training and is experienced in CBT, ACT, and Imago couple's therapy.
Mike likes to work with people who are ready to make changes in their life. They do not need to know exactly what that looks like or means yet, they just need to be sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Mike enjoys working with people who have depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, and addiction issues. He also practices couple therapy and likes to offer premarital counseling, empowerment couple's counseling, and helping the healing process post infidelity or other ruptures in the relationship. Mike spent 4 years working with people in an international setting in Tokyo and enjoys providing therapy in a multicultural space.
(925) 477-4985 View (925) 477-4985
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Balance LEP, Jennifer Judy
Psychologist, MA, LEP
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95819
I also use CBT, ACT and IFS therapy strategies in my work.
I primarily work with children ages 6 and up on issues related to anxiety, depression, school stress, executive functioning/ADHD or other school-related struggles. In addition to one on one counseling services, I do a 6 week yoga/group counseling workshop after school for kids ages 7-10, and a teen yoga group is starting soon as well. More info on my website.
I also use CBT, ACT and IFS therapy strategies in my work.
I primarily work with children ages 6 and up on issues related to anxiety, depression, school stress, executive functioning/ADHD or other school-related struggles. In addition to one on one counseling services, I do a 6 week yoga/group counseling workshop after school for kids ages 7-10, and a teen yoga group is starting soon as well. More info on my website.
(916) 545-8532 View (916) 545-8532
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Nicole Barksdale
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
I’ve been providing psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations for the last 10 years. For the first few years of my clinical career, I worked with children and families both in the office and on school campuses. I would describe my therapeutic approach as goal-oriented and client-centered. Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is at the forefront of my practice. My counseling style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy among others.
I’ve been providing psychotherapy for a wide range of issues and populations for the last 10 years. For the first few years of my clinical career, I worked with children and families both in the office and on school campuses. I would describe my therapeutic approach as goal-oriented and client-centered. Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is at the forefront of my practice. My counseling style is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy among others.
(657) 837-5881 View (657) 837-5881
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Lindsey Larrimore
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822
I often incorporate Mindfulness-based CBT to address challenging emotional processes.
Having a trusted therapist in your corner can make a huge difference in your well-being and overall quality of life. I often work with teens, adults, couples, and families who are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma related to relationship conflicts, family issues, and life transitions. With couples, I use Gottman and Imago techniques to help de-escalate conflict, improve communication, and strengthen bonds. I'll provide a welcoming, non-judgmental space for you to learn, heal, and grow and we'll work collaboratively to set goals for therapy.
I often incorporate Mindfulness-based CBT to address challenging emotional processes.
Having a trusted therapist in your corner can make a huge difference in your well-being and overall quality of life. I often work with teens, adults, couples, and families who are struggling with stress, depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma related to relationship conflicts, family issues, and life transitions. With couples, I use Gottman and Imago techniques to help de-escalate conflict, improve communication, and strengthen bonds. I'll provide a welcoming, non-judgmental space for you to learn, heal, and grow and we'll work collaboratively to set goals for therapy.
(916) 587-4574 View (916) 587-4574
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Helen Lozano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95822
The most common theoretical approaches I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Positive Parenting, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adapting Practice.
My name is Helen Lozano (LCSW 101068) and my approach to therapy is collaborative, as you are the expert on your life and my role is to assist in achieving your goals. The overarching focus of my areas of practice is to increase healing and decrease pain, hurt; this is done by addressing anxiety, depression, stress, and other underlying issues. I have typically worked with pre-adolescent, adolescent, adults, and older adults providing treatment to address anxiety, depressive, trauma, and stressor conditions.
The most common theoretical approaches I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Positive Parenting, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adapting Practice.
My name is Helen Lozano (LCSW 101068) and my approach to therapy is collaborative, as you are the expert on your life and my role is to assist in achieving your goals. The overarching focus of my areas of practice is to increase healing and decrease pain, hurt; this is done by addressing anxiety, depression, stress, and other underlying issues. I have typically worked with pre-adolescent, adolescent, adults, and older adults providing treatment to address anxiety, depressive, trauma, and stressor conditions.
(916) 623-1258 View (916) 623-1258
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Dawn Mehalakis
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95842  (Online Only)
My theoretical approaches are evidenced based practices which include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to decrease high anxiety and manage moods that interfere in the daily function, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to manage difficult events in your day that create mental chaos from traumatic experiences.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I have been working as a therapist for 13 years. In my work, I am fortunate to have worked with both children and adults struggling in childhood abuse, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. In addition, I work with adults with Substance Abuse Disorder, caregivers caring for a mentally ill loved one, functional life skills, relationship issues, and parenting.
My theoretical approaches are evidenced based practices which include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to decrease high anxiety and manage moods that interfere in the daily function, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to manage difficult events in your day that create mental chaos from traumatic experiences.
I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. I have been working as a therapist for 13 years. In my work, I am fortunate to have worked with both children and adults struggling in childhood abuse, traumatic experiences, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. In addition, I work with adults with Substance Abuse Disorder, caregivers caring for a mentally ill loved one, functional life skills, relationship issues, and parenting.
(530) 940-9538 View (530) 940-9538
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Rahul Ragu
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
I have experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and response prevention, systematic desensitization, and thought reframing.
I work with clients who have social anxiety, shyness, and feel awkward and out of place. They want to feel better about themselves and their circumstances. They may have been through a difficult childhood and trauma and abuse. They are motivated to get better and want to speak to someone who is nonjudgmental and compassionate. Clients have opened up to me about their deepest traumas and secrets that they have not shared with anyone else. I feel honored to be part of my client's journey and help them to find solutions. I have a strong client centered approach blended with a CBT intervention based approach.
I have experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and response prevention, systematic desensitization, and thought reframing.
I work with clients who have social anxiety, shyness, and feel awkward and out of place. They want to feel better about themselves and their circumstances. They may have been through a difficult childhood and trauma and abuse. They are motivated to get better and want to speak to someone who is nonjudgmental and compassionate. Clients have opened up to me about their deepest traumas and secrets that they have not shared with anyone else. I feel honored to be part of my client's journey and help them to find solutions. I have a strong client centered approach blended with a CBT intervention based approach.
(916) 304-7674 View (916) 304-7674
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Andrew R Smith
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816
In our lives we all experience hard feelings, and at times we may feel off-balance and lost. You may find that this is a time of more acute emotional suffering and that your existing coping strategies are not holding you. I offer compassionate support and tools to help you identify both immediate and sustaining antidotes to your current struggle. I use a holistic approach to helping my clients, which may include a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Buddhist-oriented psychology and mindfulness strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, emotion regulation, motivational interviewing, and communication skills training.
In our lives we all experience hard feelings, and at times we may feel off-balance and lost. You may find that this is a time of more acute emotional suffering and that your existing coping strategies are not holding you. I offer compassionate support and tools to help you identify both immediate and sustaining antidotes to your current struggle. I use a holistic approach to helping my clients, which may include a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Buddhist-oriented psychology and mindfulness strategies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, emotion regulation, motivational interviewing, and communication skills training.
(916) 302-4205 View (916) 302-4205
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Denisha Forch
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95825  (Online Only)
My therapeutic style is tailored specifically to each individual I am working with. I tend to utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach as my foundation to address negative thoughts impacting specific behaviors for desired change. I also utilize a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on understanding the deeper meaning of emotions and how those emotions impact desired outcomes. I am client-centered and focused on your particular needs for the present moment.
My therapeutic style is tailored specifically to each individual I am working with. I tend to utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach as my foundation to address negative thoughts impacting specific behaviors for desired change. I also utilize a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on understanding the deeper meaning of emotions and how those emotions impact desired outcomes. I am client-centered and focused on your particular needs for the present moment.
(510) 876-4301 View (510) 876-4301
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Marianna Aguilar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95828
I utilize various therapeutic approaches but mainly draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My name is Marianna Aguilar, and I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 139892. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients learn how to improve their daily functioning and overall quality of life. I enjoy working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. My areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and everyday life stressors.
I utilize various therapeutic approaches but mainly draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
My name is Marianna Aguilar, and I'm a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 139892. My goal as a therapist is to help my clients learn how to improve their daily functioning and overall quality of life. I enjoy working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families. My areas of focus are trauma, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and everyday life stressors.
(916) 602-4613 View (916) 602-4613
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Guided Legal Psychological Solutions
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816
The empowerment, accessibility to quality care is the right of all. To be a part of a movement that promotes and cultivates growth and mental stability. Dr Alexander Edwards, use of technology, and groundbreaking clinical treatment approaches such as EMDR, CBT and DBT to relieve the symptoms associated with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr Alexander Edwards has over 18 years of experience helping individuals gain the feeling of empowerment and awareness through his expert and humanistic approach to ensure that you have the tools needed to navigate those challenges of life. To learn more please schedule a consultation.
The empowerment, accessibility to quality care is the right of all. To be a part of a movement that promotes and cultivates growth and mental stability. Dr Alexander Edwards, use of technology, and groundbreaking clinical treatment approaches such as EMDR, CBT and DBT to relieve the symptoms associated with trauma, anxiety, and depression. Dr Alexander Edwards has over 18 years of experience helping individuals gain the feeling of empowerment and awareness through his expert and humanistic approach to ensure that you have the tools needed to navigate those challenges of life. To learn more please schedule a consultation.
(858) 544-0353 View (858) 544-0353
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Genora Villalobos
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I apply evidence-based methods, merging Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in both individual and family sessions.
In these unprecedented times, navigating life's complexities can feel overwhelming. As your companion on this therapeutic journey, I offer a sanctuary of understanding and compassion. Together, we'll unravel the layers of uncertainty, finding strength and resilience amidst the challenges. Let's create a narrative of hope, healing, and growth tailored to the unique chapters of your life during these extraordinary times.
I apply evidence-based methods, merging Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in both individual and family sessions.
In these unprecedented times, navigating life's complexities can feel overwhelming. As your companion on this therapeutic journey, I offer a sanctuary of understanding and compassion. Together, we'll unravel the layers of uncertainty, finding strength and resilience amidst the challenges. Let's create a narrative of hope, healing, and growth tailored to the unique chapters of your life during these extraordinary times.
(916) 866-8620 View (916) 866-8620
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Jennie Gault
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
I use Cognitive Behavior therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, and the Comprehensive Behavioral model.
**As of January 1, 2024: I am accepting new clients. I'm fortunate that I figured out that I wanted to help others when I was 19-- I just knew this career was for me. My approach is pro-active & encouraging. I'm not here to judge you. We'll examine your thinking patterns and practice skills to reduce uncomfortable feelings. For anxiety, I'll help you face worries gradually to set you up for success. Your accomplishments are mine too. Since emotional issues often impact relationships, I offer family sessions to increase family cohesiveness.
I use Cognitive Behavior therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, and the Comprehensive Behavioral model.
**As of January 1, 2024: I am accepting new clients. I'm fortunate that I figured out that I wanted to help others when I was 19-- I just knew this career was for me. My approach is pro-active & encouraging. I'm not here to judge you. We'll examine your thinking patterns and practice skills to reduce uncomfortable feelings. For anxiety, I'll help you face worries gradually to set you up for success. Your accomplishments are mine too. Since emotional issues often impact relationships, I offer family sessions to increase family cohesiveness.
(530) 296-8890 View (530) 296-8890
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Tricia Brandes
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sacramento, CA 95816  (Online Only)
My clinical work is dedicated to helping people overcome suffering while developing healthy, productive, and fulfilling relationships and lives. I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, life transitions, grief/bereavement, self-esteem and body image issues. I offer supportive, confidential, and individually-tailored treatment for adults and young adults. I have a flexible and integrative orientation that is influenced by psychodynamic relational theories while integrating mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and values based therapies.
My clinical work is dedicated to helping people overcome suffering while developing healthy, productive, and fulfilling relationships and lives. I specialize in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, life transitions, grief/bereavement, self-esteem and body image issues. I offer supportive, confidential, and individually-tailored treatment for adults and young adults. I have a flexible and integrative orientation that is influenced by psychodynamic relational theories while integrating mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and values based therapies.
(916) 999-7756 View (916) 999-7756
Robin Zasio
Psychologist, PsyD, LCSW
Verified
Sacramento, CA 95827
The Anxiety Treatment Center utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques, which are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
The Anxiety Treatment Center is located in Sacramento, California and specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders. We provide individualized treatment plans recognizing that symptoms can vary from person to person, and also in the intensity, and impact on one’s life. We believe in an integrative approach looking at the role of biological, medical, psychological and social aspects of these disorders. We provide exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced staff who are compassionate and sensitive to each individuals needs, offering treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
The Anxiety Treatment Center utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) techniques, which are based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
The Anxiety Treatment Center is located in Sacramento, California and specializes in treating anxiety and related disorders. We provide individualized treatment plans recognizing that symptoms can vary from person to person, and also in the intensity, and impact on one’s life. We believe in an integrative approach looking at the role of biological, medical, psychological and social aspects of these disorders. We provide exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced staff who are compassionate and sensitive to each individuals needs, offering treatment services to children, adolescents, and adults.
(916) 619-4785 View (916) 619-4785

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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.