Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in San Francisco, CA

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Miya G Yung @ The Connective
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94102
I combine useful skills, knowledge, and resources from multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy.
Hi, I'm Miya! I specialize in working with LGBTQ+, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and other POC/immigrant communities. I support clients who are exploring their identities, processing trauma and grief, making sense of family patterns and cultural influences, struggling with anxiety or depression, or just wanting to become a better version of themselves.
I combine useful skills, knowledge, and resources from multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy.
Hi, I'm Miya! I specialize in working with LGBTQ+, Asian American & Pacific Islander, and other POC/immigrant communities. I support clients who are exploring their identities, processing trauma and grief, making sense of family patterns and cultural influences, struggling with anxiety or depression, or just wanting to become a better version of themselves.
(628) 345-5836 View (628) 345-5836
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Lindsay Kay Parkinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
Talk therapy using Narrative & CBT methods is a primary focus while Art Therapy is a specialty offered to those who have interest in combining art and creativity with the traditional approach.
I am passionate and dedicated to creating a trusting relationship and safe space for the process of narrating your personal story. Over 10 years I've worked in community-based programs with both teens and adults. I especially enjoy working with young people ages 16 to 25 (Transitional Aged Youth) a population that’s often overlooked and underserved. Having personally struggled myself during that time, I know how to identify with that challenging life transition and sometimes overwhelming decisions of "What's next?" let alone the bigger question of "Who am I?".
Talk therapy using Narrative & CBT methods is a primary focus while Art Therapy is a specialty offered to those who have interest in combining art and creativity with the traditional approach.
I am passionate and dedicated to creating a trusting relationship and safe space for the process of narrating your personal story. Over 10 years I've worked in community-based programs with both teens and adults. I especially enjoy working with young people ages 16 to 25 (Transitional Aged Youth) a population that’s often overlooked and underserved. Having personally struggled myself during that time, I know how to identify with that challenging life transition and sometimes overwhelming decisions of "What's next?" let alone the bigger question of "Who am I?".
(916) 764-3974 View (916) 764-3974
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Chiaki Sasaki
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
Since no one model fits all, I draw from psychodynamic depth psychology, CBT, EMDR, mindfulness and integrative mental health based practices to address your unique emotional and mental health needs.
I am a licensed, clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience. I have extensive experience in working with diverse clients, ranging from preschool age children to adults. I use a warm, collaborative approach to help people who are experiencing anxiety (including panic attacks), depression, burnout, trauma, relationship problems and work stress. My primary concern is to assist each person to develop insights, clarity and tools to move towards emotionally fulfilling life and overall sense of well-being.
Since no one model fits all, I draw from psychodynamic depth psychology, CBT, EMDR, mindfulness and integrative mental health based practices to address your unique emotional and mental health needs.
I am a licensed, clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience. I have extensive experience in working with diverse clients, ranging from preschool age children to adults. I use a warm, collaborative approach to help people who are experiencing anxiety (including panic attacks), depression, burnout, trauma, relationship problems and work stress. My primary concern is to assist each person to develop insights, clarity and tools to move towards emotionally fulfilling life and overall sense of well-being.
(415) 969-7244 View (415) 969-7244
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Roberto Garcia II
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94112  (Online Only)
Modalities used include: Psychodynamic, CBT, Existential, Narrative, and Solution Focused.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist certified to provide mental health services in the state of California. I have been providing mental health services for the past 6 years working with non-profit community mental health clinics, probation offices & court systems, middle school, high schools and now as a private practice clinician. Within these settings, I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, parents, teenagers, children and families at many different phases of life and personal development.
Modalities used include: Psychodynamic, CBT, Existential, Narrative, and Solution Focused.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist certified to provide mental health services in the state of California. I have been providing mental health services for the past 6 years working with non-profit community mental health clinics, probation offices & court systems, middle school, high schools and now as a private practice clinician. Within these settings, I have had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, parents, teenagers, children and families at many different phases of life and personal development.
(415) 914-1442 View (415) 914-1442
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Dr. Sopagna Eap-Braje
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94104  (Online Only)
I specialize in using cognitive behavioral techniques to help people struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, social phobia, and trauma. I have a direct, solution-focused, and empathic style that works best with people who are looking to change cognitive and behavioral patterns that are limiting their potential to be a more authentic and intentional version of themselves. My therapeutic approach is evidence-based and action-oriented.
I specialize in using cognitive behavioral techniques to help people struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, social phobia, and trauma. I have a direct, solution-focused, and empathic style that works best with people who are looking to change cognitive and behavioral patterns that are limiting their potential to be a more authentic and intentional version of themselves. My therapeutic approach is evidence-based and action-oriented.
(858) 358-7193 View (858) 358-7193
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Leonor Guerrero
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I'm Leonor Guerrero, a first generation Mexican American bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist born and raised in Los Angeles. I have a background working in a community outpatient setting with adults, adolescents, children and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have helped individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, grief, changes in family dynamics, generational trauma and life transitions. I use a combination of attachment, mindfulness, psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma therapy to address internal, historical or family cycles that impact our lives.
I'm Leonor Guerrero, a first generation Mexican American bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist born and raised in Los Angeles. I have a background working in a community outpatient setting with adults, adolescents, children and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have helped individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship difficulties, grief, changes in family dynamics, generational trauma and life transitions. I use a combination of attachment, mindfulness, psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma therapy to address internal, historical or family cycles that impact our lives.
(415) 936-7852 View (415) 936-7852
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Aida Colocho
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience addressing trauma in women who have been victims of domestic violence. My approach is mostly Psychodynamic with Cognitive Restructuring to help these victims process their past trauma and gain insight into establishing healthy boundaries. This approach has helped many clients gain self-confidence and self-empowerment to continue in life not as a victim but as a survivor of trauma. Clients have been able to learn skills that help them better manage their symptoms and gain a sense of control and self in their lives moving forward.
I have extensive experience addressing trauma in women who have been victims of domestic violence. My approach is mostly Psychodynamic with Cognitive Restructuring to help these victims process their past trauma and gain insight into establishing healthy boundaries. This approach has helped many clients gain self-confidence and self-empowerment to continue in life not as a victim but as a survivor of trauma. Clients have been able to learn skills that help them better manage their symptoms and gain a sense of control and self in their lives moving forward.
(415) 329-3752 View (415) 329-3752
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Katherine Taylor
Psychologist, PsyD, PMH-C
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123
I work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage anxiety and mood, and to explore ways to adjust to parenthood and expanding families. I often talk with clients about feeling exhausted, disconnected, overwhelmed, very worried, or sad, and we look for strategies to find some support, peace, excitement and joy in their day to day. I also love to help all people work to manage sleep behaviors using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
I work with pregnant and postpartum people to manage anxiety and mood, and to explore ways to adjust to parenthood and expanding families. I often talk with clients about feeling exhausted, disconnected, overwhelmed, very worried, or sad, and we look for strategies to find some support, peace, excitement and joy in their day to day. I also love to help all people work to manage sleep behaviors using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia.
(415) 594-5082 View (415) 594-5082
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Julie Moore
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
I utilize evidence-based interventions to help clients reach their therapy goals quickly and effectively. As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I help clients identify and shift maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior to affect change and decrease distress. After learning and practicing new ways to move through your distress, we'll work towards engaging in exposure to the very situations and contexts that you've been avoiding. While avoidance may seem effective for preventing discomfort in the short term, it maintains distress over time and often lends to missing out on enriching life experiences.
I utilize evidence-based interventions to help clients reach their therapy goals quickly and effectively. As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I help clients identify and shift maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior to affect change and decrease distress. After learning and practicing new ways to move through your distress, we'll work towards engaging in exposure to the very situations and contexts that you've been avoiding. While avoidance may seem effective for preventing discomfort in the short term, it maintains distress over time and often lends to missing out on enriching life experiences.
(424) 855-0725 View (424) 855-0725
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Bowra Faiez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
Do you feel stuck in your personal life or your relationship? Are your thoughts of constant worry, hopelessness, uncertainty overwhelming your day-to-day journey? Have you decided it's time that you approach these feelings and emotions head-on? Therapy is a brave and powerful first step towards exploring what might be contributing to these feelings. I help address these experiences by utilizing a goal-oriented and solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach (CBT). I work with clients to help support them in bringing their strength in the room and allowing them to be able to get in touch with their inner self.
Do you feel stuck in your personal life or your relationship? Are your thoughts of constant worry, hopelessness, uncertainty overwhelming your day-to-day journey? Have you decided it's time that you approach these feelings and emotions head-on? Therapy is a brave and powerful first step towards exploring what might be contributing to these feelings. I help address these experiences by utilizing a goal-oriented and solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach (CBT). I work with clients to help support them in bringing their strength in the room and allowing them to be able to get in touch with their inner self.
(408) 459-4158 View (408) 459-4158
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Daniel Geer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BC-DMT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
I am able to draw on a wide range of techniques and strategies including: Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness and Body/Movement techniques.
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice. I work with adults 18yrs. and up in individual and couples therapy. I have worked with a wide range of client symptoms and issues over many years of work in mental health. I have extensive experience in short-term therapy and am good at keeping the therapy focused on the task at hand once goals have been collaboratively set. I really enjoy getting to know the individual strengths and needs of each client and adapting my approach to be as effective as possible.
I am able to draw on a wide range of techniques and strategies including: Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness and Body/Movement techniques.
Welcome to my psychotherapy practice. I work with adults 18yrs. and up in individual and couples therapy. I have worked with a wide range of client symptoms and issues over many years of work in mental health. I have extensive experience in short-term therapy and am good at keeping the therapy focused on the task at hand once goals have been collaboratively set. I really enjoy getting to know the individual strengths and needs of each client and adapting my approach to be as effective as possible.
(415) 798-2892 View (415) 798-2892
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Sudi Scull
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, CN
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110
I integrate psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, & EMDR for trauma.
We all at some point in our life face crises or transitions that can become an opportunity for growth. Do you want to know more about yourself? Do you finally want to make a change? I help clients break through patterns of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, body image issues, and more. I offer a rich menu of therapeutic techniques that make a tangible difference. Instead of experiencing an exaggerated reactivity to life's inevitable difficulties, a balanced sense of calm and peace will prevail. With couples, I teach nuanced communication skills towards the goal of a deep, fun-loving, and interdependent relationship.
I integrate psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, & EMDR for trauma.
We all at some point in our life face crises or transitions that can become an opportunity for growth. Do you want to know more about yourself? Do you finally want to make a change? I help clients break through patterns of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, body image issues, and more. I offer a rich menu of therapeutic techniques that make a tangible difference. Instead of experiencing an exaggerated reactivity to life's inevitable difficulties, a balanced sense of calm and peace will prevail. With couples, I teach nuanced communication skills towards the goal of a deep, fun-loving, and interdependent relationship.
(415) 358-1842 View (415) 358-1842
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Ruby Leyva
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94110  (Online Only)
The modality I use most often for treatment is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Life transitions can be expected or unexpected (job loss, break-up/divorce, grief/loss, school beginnings/endings, moving, etc.). What happens when someone is feeling stuck, unable to move forward, maybe replaying the past, or caught up in the future that they are missing out on the now? Anxiety about what may or may not happen or depression about what has or is happening, does affect people in different ways. Whether you already have a support system of family and/or friends or not, a therapist can bring a more balanced perspective into the situation you are facing.
The modality I use most often for treatment is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
Life transitions can be expected or unexpected (job loss, break-up/divorce, grief/loss, school beginnings/endings, moving, etc.). What happens when someone is feeling stuck, unable to move forward, maybe replaying the past, or caught up in the future that they are missing out on the now? Anxiety about what may or may not happen or depression about what has or is happening, does affect people in different ways. Whether you already have a support system of family and/or friends or not, a therapist can bring a more balanced perspective into the situation you are facing.
(415) 712-0968 View (415) 712-0968
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Atlantide Mangin
Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94102
Atlantide utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy approach to counseling and treatment, which she believes is very effective in helping client to recognize and change unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving, which affect the way we feel.
Atlantide Mangin is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California who has been practicing since 2015. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of San Diego in California with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Atlantide’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Atlantide’s counseling experience includes the following specializations: trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship difficulties.
Atlantide utilizes a cognitive behavioral therapy approach to counseling and treatment, which she believes is very effective in helping client to recognize and change unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving, which affect the way we feel.
Atlantide Mangin is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California who has been practicing since 2015. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling at the University of San Diego in California with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Atlantide’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Atlantide’s counseling experience includes the following specializations: trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and relationship difficulties.
(628) 232-8516 View (628) 232-8516
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Rebecca Chandler
Psychologist, DPhil, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94115  (Online Only)
I offer the following evidence-based treatments, for which I have received training and consultation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, (specifically for PTSD/trauma) Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Written Narrative Exposure, and EMDR (I am currently in the certification process).
Hi, it’s nice to meet you! Whatever reason you are here I want to welcome you, because beginning therapy is not always an easy process. I am a Clinical Psychologist (PSY29465) offering video telehealth throughout California and I strive to help clients reach their goals using warmth, compassion, and collaboration. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking assistance for a variety of needs, including, trauma, different types of stressors and anxiety, and depression. I also have a special interest in working with veterans, active duty military, and their families.
I offer the following evidence-based treatments, for which I have received training and consultation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy for Depression, (specifically for PTSD/trauma) Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Written Narrative Exposure, and EMDR (I am currently in the certification process).
Hi, it’s nice to meet you! Whatever reason you are here I want to welcome you, because beginning therapy is not always an easy process. I am a Clinical Psychologist (PSY29465) offering video telehealth throughout California and I strive to help clients reach their goals using warmth, compassion, and collaboration. I enjoy working with clients who are seeking assistance for a variety of needs, including, trauma, different types of stressors and anxiety, and depression. I also have a special interest in working with veterans, active duty military, and their families.
(650) 334-1176 View (650) 334-1176
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Laura Hernandez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94105  (Online Only)
My treatment modalities include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
I am a therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. I use an individualized approach with my clients as I recognize that everyone’s journey is different. I aim to create a safe environment by developing a trusting relationship in the therapeutic process. I work collaboratively with the clients to help them overcome stressors through self-growth and self-reflection. I focus on highlighting strengths and developing healthy ways of coping with life transitions.
My treatment modalities include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
I am a therapist with over 15 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. I use an individualized approach with my clients as I recognize that everyone’s journey is different. I aim to create a safe environment by developing a trusting relationship in the therapeutic process. I work collaboratively with the clients to help them overcome stressors through self-growth and self-reflection. I focus on highlighting strengths and developing healthy ways of coping with life transitions.
(415) 797-0238 View (415) 797-0238
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Beth Myler
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, JD
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94123  (Online Only)
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and received training in CBT from the Beck Institute in addition to my Master’s from University of Texas.
Currently accepting new clients in California and Texas. In addition to psychotherapy for anxiety and depression, I also provide counseling and coaching to clients managing various kinds of change in their lives. I help clients navigate challenges presented by relationships, career, and changes in their health status due to aging, illness or injury. I trained as a psychotherapist after a long career as a lawyer and enjoy helping clients focus on pragmatic goals as well as developing insight and personal growth.
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and received training in CBT from the Beck Institute in addition to my Master’s from University of Texas.
Currently accepting new clients in California and Texas. In addition to psychotherapy for anxiety and depression, I also provide counseling and coaching to clients managing various kinds of change in their lives. I help clients navigate challenges presented by relationships, career, and changes in their health status due to aging, illness or injury. I trained as a psychotherapist after a long career as a lawyer and enjoy helping clients focus on pragmatic goals as well as developing insight and personal growth.
(415) 200-3465 View (415) 200-3465
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Megan Fuller O'Donnell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94118
I use Exposure Therapy, CBT, DBT ACT, as well as, Mindfulness based interventions as a basis for my practice.
Hello! I work with adolescents, parents, adults and couples. I create a safe space for individuals to explore and learn more about themselves. I aim to understand each individual's motivations and experience. I provide clients with insights that will help them get clarity about their circumstances in hopes of reducing symptoms. I provide psycho-education about the client's behavior and help them connect the links between their thoughts, feelings and actions. I utilize my clinical experience to determine what interventions and theoretical orientation makes the most sense for each individual to help support their progress.
I use Exposure Therapy, CBT, DBT ACT, as well as, Mindfulness based interventions as a basis for my practice.
Hello! I work with adolescents, parents, adults and couples. I create a safe space for individuals to explore and learn more about themselves. I aim to understand each individual's motivations and experience. I provide clients with insights that will help them get clarity about their circumstances in hopes of reducing symptoms. I provide psycho-education about the client's behavior and help them connect the links between their thoughts, feelings and actions. I utilize my clinical experience to determine what interventions and theoretical orientation makes the most sense for each individual to help support their progress.
(415) 915-2486 View (415) 915-2486
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Dr. Diana L Wong
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94132
Waitlist for new clients
Working with children & adults with cognitive and/or physical limitations is my passion.
As a bicultural & multilingual licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California & Ohio, I provide individual (celebrity & adult), children, & couples therapy in private practice & in outpatient settings. I received my Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University. I have completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at UCSF, Child & Adolescent Services Multicultural Training Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in marriage & family therapy from USF.
Working with children & adults with cognitive and/or physical limitations is my passion.
As a bicultural & multilingual licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California & Ohio, I provide individual (celebrity & adult), children, & couples therapy in private practice & in outpatient settings. I received my Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University. I have completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at UCSF, Child & Adolescent Services Multicultural Training Program at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in marriage & family therapy from USF.
(415) 942-9287 View (415) 942-9287
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Gabriel Reid Nervo
Counselor, MA, PCCI
Verified Verified
San Francisco, CA 94114  (Online Only)
I draw from psychodynamic, somatic, experiential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.
Hello! Whatever your reasons are for considering counseling, I hope that you are able to see the wisdom and the bravery in seeking assistance. Our mental and emotional health are important and have a large impact on our relationships, careers, and general well-being. They should be treated as a priority. Consider that people go to the gym to take care of their bodies, and that taking preventative measures are more effective and efficient than waiting until something breaks down. We take these attitudes towards our bodies, why not our minds?
I draw from psychodynamic, somatic, experiential, and cognitive-behavioral therapies.
Hello! Whatever your reasons are for considering counseling, I hope that you are able to see the wisdom and the bravery in seeking assistance. Our mental and emotional health are important and have a large impact on our relationships, careers, and general well-being. They should be treated as a priority. Consider that people go to the gym to take care of their bodies, and that taking preventative measures are more effective and efficient than waiting until something breaks down. We take these attitudes towards our bodies, why not our minds?
(415) 903-8653 View (415) 903-8653

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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.