Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in Omaha, NE

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Noah Sherman
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner, PLMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68124
I utilize family systems, DBT, CBT, and solution focused theories to help my clients gain a broader view of the issues that they face.
Therapy really thrives when a client is ready to change either themselves or the situations that they find themselves in. Whether you are struggling with life-changing topics like divorce, a death in the family, or persistent depression or just need someone to lend a supportive ear, I strive to empower clients to make those enriching changes to their lives. Depending on what kind of client you are we will collaborate and plan an approach that instills the change you want to see in your life.
I utilize family systems, DBT, CBT, and solution focused theories to help my clients gain a broader view of the issues that they face.
Therapy really thrives when a client is ready to change either themselves or the situations that they find themselves in. Whether you are struggling with life-changing topics like divorce, a death in the family, or persistent depression or just need someone to lend a supportive ear, I strive to empower clients to make those enriching changes to their lives. Depending on what kind of client you are we will collaborate and plan an approach that instills the change you want to see in your life.
(402) 656-6752 View (402) 656-6752
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Richard Clark
Counselor, LIMHP, LPC
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68127
My specialties include utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, stress management and life transitions.
My goal is to empower you to live your best life. I have 9 years of experience in counseling adults, children, couples, and families. My aim is to help you meet your goals in a relaxed and comfortable setting to build self-esteem, clear thinking, and healthy ways to handle stress.
My specialties include utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to address depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, stress management and life transitions.
My goal is to empower you to live your best life. I have 9 years of experience in counseling adults, children, couples, and families. My aim is to help you meet your goals in a relaxed and comfortable setting to build self-esteem, clear thinking, and healthy ways to handle stress.
(402) 226-1485 View (402) 226-1485
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Ashley Jones
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner, MS
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68137
I mix Person-centered, Solution focused and Cognitive Behavioral therapy.
I love empowering both men and women. There's no greater feeling than owning your hardships, rather than your hardships owning you. If you've been struggling to navigate the challenging paths of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, or life complexities, you deserve support tailored to your experience. I also enjoy working with personality disorders.
I mix Person-centered, Solution focused and Cognitive Behavioral therapy.
I love empowering both men and women. There's no greater feeling than owning your hardships, rather than your hardships owning you. If you've been struggling to navigate the challenging paths of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, or life complexities, you deserve support tailored to your experience. I also enjoy working with personality disorders.
(402) 795-8198 View (402) 795-8198
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Erin Rasmussen
Counselor, LIMHP, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68124
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma treatment and utilize several other modalities including motivational interviewing, CBT, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.
I enjoy working primarily with adults who have dealt with depression, anxiety, and trauma since childhood/adolescence and are wanting to begin their healing journey. I also enjoy working with clients who have interpersonal relationship concerns and are wanting to improve that aspect of their lives. My specialties include depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, interpersonal relationship concerns, self esteem, and chronic illness.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma treatment and utilize several other modalities including motivational interviewing, CBT, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.
I enjoy working primarily with adults who have dealt with depression, anxiety, and trauma since childhood/adolescence and are wanting to begin their healing journey. I also enjoy working with clients who have interpersonal relationship concerns and are wanting to improve that aspect of their lives. My specialties include depression, anxiety, PTSD, complex trauma, interpersonal relationship concerns, self esteem, and chronic illness.
(402) 769-3117 View (402) 769-3117
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Talia Placzek
Counselor, MS, LMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68124
I strongly believe in building therapeutic relationships that cultivate an environment of trust and honesty. By utilizing Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral therapies in combination with a person-centered approach, I can challenge and support patients by developing effective coping strategies, mood regulation techniques and the ability to gain control of impulses. Working both independently and on specialized teams to train and implement strategies for supporting staff of developmentally disabled individuals, these techniques have become the cornerstone of my practice.
I strongly believe in building therapeutic relationships that cultivate an environment of trust and honesty. By utilizing Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral therapies in combination with a person-centered approach, I can challenge and support patients by developing effective coping strategies, mood regulation techniques and the ability to gain control of impulses. Working both independently and on specialized teams to train and implement strategies for supporting staff of developmentally disabled individuals, these techniques have become the cornerstone of my practice.
(531) 214-1065 View (531) 214-1065
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Edwige Ilboudo
Provisional Mental Health Practitioner, MSW, PCMSW, PLMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68144  (Online Only)
I am familiar with various therapeutic modalities such as Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy.
It takes courage to engage in therapy, recognize your inner struggles, and confront past traumas. We all need support to navigate through difficult situations in life. I will welcome you as you are, with your joys and sorrows. I will create a safe, judgment-free space where you can express all facets of your identity. I will help you overcome life challenges such as: Burn-out, depression, anxiety, postpartum challenges, relationship problems, mood disorders, separation, grief, etc. I'm welcoming of clients of various backgrounds and beliefs. I have significant experience working with refugees and immigrants from diverse origins.
I am familiar with various therapeutic modalities such as Talk Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy.
It takes courage to engage in therapy, recognize your inner struggles, and confront past traumas. We all need support to navigate through difficult situations in life. I will welcome you as you are, with your joys and sorrows. I will create a safe, judgment-free space where you can express all facets of your identity. I will help you overcome life challenges such as: Burn-out, depression, anxiety, postpartum challenges, relationship problems, mood disorders, separation, grief, etc. I'm welcoming of clients of various backgrounds and beliefs. I have significant experience working with refugees and immigrants from diverse origins.
(402) 703-2962 View (402) 703-2962
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Lisa Parisien
Counselor, LIMHP, LADC, CHT, CMT
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68132
I utilize hypnotherapy in addition to cognitive therapy.
I have been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Hypnosis is very effective in treating trauma. I am also a certified master trainer of hypnosis. I own Intuitive Therapies and A + Academy of Hypnosis. I certify others in hypnosis. www.aplusacademyofhypnosis.com. My work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will return messages on those days.
I utilize hypnotherapy in addition to cognitive therapy.
I have been working in the field of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. I am also a certified hypnotherapist. I treat individuals and couples. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Hypnosis is very effective in treating trauma. I am also a certified master trainer of hypnosis. I own Intuitive Therapies and A + Academy of Hypnosis. I certify others in hypnosis. www.aplusacademyofhypnosis.com. My work days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I will return messages on those days.
(402) 382-9332 View (402) 382-9332
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Riley Mitas
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PLMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68154
Riley is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) who graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has experience working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and stress. She believes that all people are capable of over coming the difficulties of life and provides a safe and non-judgmental space for people to work through these difficulties. Problem solving and compassion are some of Riley’s specialties. Her practice utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Riley is a Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) who graduated with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has experience working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and stress. She believes that all people are capable of over coming the difficulties of life and provides a safe and non-judgmental space for people to work through these difficulties. Problem solving and compassion are some of Riley’s specialties. Her practice utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
(402) 621-5670 View (402) 621-5670
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Nicki Daubenmier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LIMHP, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68144
I have training in a variety of evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).
I have more than 25 years of experience working with and advocating for children and families impacted by abuse and neglect, grief and loss, divorce, attachment difficulties, foster care and adoption, problematic sexual behaviors, sexual abuse, domestic violence and trauma. Children and caregivers express their reactions in a variety of ways. Their reactions may be expressed through their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical symptoms. I am focused on utilizing effective treatment practices to provide healing and hope to children and families impacted by a variety of mental health needs and challenges.
I have training in a variety of evidenced based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), and Problematic Sexual Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).
I have more than 25 years of experience working with and advocating for children and families impacted by abuse and neglect, grief and loss, divorce, attachment difficulties, foster care and adoption, problematic sexual behaviors, sexual abuse, domestic violence and trauma. Children and caregivers express their reactions in a variety of ways. Their reactions may be expressed through their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical symptoms. I am focused on utilizing effective treatment practices to provide healing and hope to children and families impacted by a variety of mental health needs and challenges.
(531) 233-5751 View (531) 233-5751
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Amy Phillips
Counselor, LICSW, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68124
Waitlist for new clients
I have training in EMDR, TF-CBT, Trauma & Attachment, CAMS, ACT for PTSD, DBT, and Grief Counseling.
I am flexible to accommodate most schedules. I believe everyone can benefit from therapy; at its core, therapy is about building a relationship in which we feel safe to embrace and become our authentic selves. I enjoy working with people to explore life experiences and identify past trauma that may be preventing them from living their best life. I am passionate about issues surrounding individual freedoms, specifically relating to gender/sexuality. As a queer professional, I enjoy working with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or who practice nontraditional relationships, including polyamory and kink.
I have training in EMDR, TF-CBT, Trauma & Attachment, CAMS, ACT for PTSD, DBT, and Grief Counseling.
I am flexible to accommodate most schedules. I believe everyone can benefit from therapy; at its core, therapy is about building a relationship in which we feel safe to embrace and become our authentic selves. I enjoy working with people to explore life experiences and identify past trauma that may be preventing them from living their best life. I am passionate about issues surrounding individual freedoms, specifically relating to gender/sexuality. As a queer professional, I enjoy working with clients who identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or who practice nontraditional relationships, including polyamory and kink.
(402) 539-5719 x2 View (402) 539-5719 x2
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Victoria E Stegall
Counselor, LMHP, LADC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68144
Some therapeutic styles I use include Brain Spotting, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior therapy, Assertice communication training, as well as trauma and am a Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapist!.
I am a licensed Therapist practicing in Omaha Nebraska at Kairos Psychological. For the past 22 years I have had the honor of working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or general life transitions. I enjoy helping people make positive changes in their lives. I truly enjoy being a therapist, and I view therapy as a process in which we can work together in a safe and supportive environment.ssisted therapist!
Some therapeutic styles I use include Brain Spotting, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior therapy, Assertice communication training, as well as trauma and am a Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapist!.
I am a licensed Therapist practicing in Omaha Nebraska at Kairos Psychological. For the past 22 years I have had the honor of working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or general life transitions. I enjoy helping people make positive changes in their lives. I truly enjoy being a therapist, and I view therapy as a process in which we can work together in a safe and supportive environment.ssisted therapist!
(541) 205-7983 View (541) 205-7983
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Kani Rubango
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW, LICSW
Not Verified Not Verified
Omaha, NE 68102
Other therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited Sand Tray therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength Based, Circle of Security, and Structural Family Therapy.
I earned my Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am licensed therapist in both Iowa and Nebraska. I enjoy working with individuals, family, couples, and groups. I consider myself to be a client centered therapist and find it important to meet my clients where they are in their lives. My mission as a provider is to empower my clients to find their own inner strength. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field treating individuals with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/self image, relationship and marital conflict, life adjustments and transitions, and grief and loss
Other therapeutic modalities include, but are not limited Sand Tray therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength Based, Circle of Security, and Structural Family Therapy.
I earned my Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am licensed therapist in both Iowa and Nebraska. I enjoy working with individuals, family, couples, and groups. I consider myself to be a client centered therapist and find it important to meet my clients where they are in their lives. My mission as a provider is to empower my clients to find their own inner strength. I have several years of experience working in the mental health field treating individuals with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem/self image, relationship and marital conflict, life adjustments and transitions, and grief and loss
(712) 435-1589 View (712) 435-1589
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Magda M Blanco
Counselor, LIMHP, NCC, CHT
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68105
I am currently accepting clients. I am a bilingual psychotherapist who offers services in both English and Spanish. I use an integrated approach which combines aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy and hypnotherapy. My areas of expertise are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including CPTSD, complex trauma, sexuality, ADHD, panic attack, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and depression. My career is my passion, my vision, and my mission.
I am currently accepting clients. I am a bilingual psychotherapist who offers services in both English and Spanish. I use an integrated approach which combines aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy and hypnotherapy. My areas of expertise are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, including CPTSD, complex trauma, sexuality, ADHD, panic attack, anxiety, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and depression. My career is my passion, my vision, and my mission.
(402) 794-1210 View (402) 794-1210
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Psychological Healing Insights, PC
Counselor, MA, LIMHP, NCC
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68105
We pride ourselves in providing an inclusive environment and promise to always validate and value you and your wellbeing. We believe it is an honor to work with clients of all walks of life. We have several clinicians: Magda Blanco, LIMHP uses a holistic approach which integrates aspects of CBT and DBT. Magda is also a certified hypnotherapist. Her areas of focus are relationships, anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and BPD.
We pride ourselves in providing an inclusive environment and promise to always validate and value you and your wellbeing. We believe it is an honor to work with clients of all walks of life. We have several clinicians: Magda Blanco, LIMHP uses a holistic approach which integrates aspects of CBT and DBT. Magda is also a certified hypnotherapist. Her areas of focus are relationships, anxiety, depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and BPD.
(402) 609-7029 View (402) 609-7029
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Elizabeth Ferzely
Counselor, MS, LIMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68144
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing. I have also completed clinical-endorsed training for youth with problematic sexual behaviors and have experience working with youth and families impacted by sexual abuse and trauma. I am an adoption-competent provider.
I am trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing. I have also completed clinical-endorsed training for youth with problematic sexual behaviors and have experience working with youth and families impacted by sexual abuse and trauma. I am an adoption-competent provider.
(402) 383-5091 View (402) 383-5091
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Diana Marie Graham
Independent Mental Health Practitioner, LIMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68105  (Online Only)
I enjoy implementing various treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, Gestalt, and the Gottman Method for Couples.
I provide a therapeutic environment that encourages personal growth through gentle empowerment and increasing awareness of self. I believe we have the capacity to create positive change in our lives when we are ready. I am an lgbtqia+ affirming therapist and community member. I specialize working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, with a specific focus on survivors of trauma. I approach individual therapy through an eclectic model which allows me to customize treatment based on your individual needs.
I enjoy implementing various treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, Gestalt, and the Gottman Method for Couples.
I provide a therapeutic environment that encourages personal growth through gentle empowerment and increasing awareness of self. I believe we have the capacity to create positive change in our lives when we are ready. I am an lgbtqia+ affirming therapist and community member. I specialize working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, with a specific focus on survivors of trauma. I approach individual therapy through an eclectic model which allows me to customize treatment based on your individual needs.
(402) 566-5413 View (402) 566-5413
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Melissa Ellison
Counselor, MS, LIMHP
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68130
I am trained in evidence-based interventions, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Is your preschooler running your household? Has your teenager been pushing you to the edge? There are many different theories on how to manage unwanted behaviors in children, and help your struggling teen. Some of these theories can leave parents with more questions than answers. You might ask yourself, "Does my child need more attention, or am I giving too much? Are my expectations of my teenager too high, or too low? If I ask for help, does that make me a good parent, or an incompetent one?" I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and their families, and I can help you find answers.
I am trained in evidence-based interventions, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Is your preschooler running your household? Has your teenager been pushing you to the edge? There are many different theories on how to manage unwanted behaviors in children, and help your struggling teen. Some of these theories can leave parents with more questions than answers. You might ask yourself, "Does my child need more attention, or am I giving too much? Are my expectations of my teenager too high, or too low? If I ask for help, does that make me a good parent, or an incompetent one?" I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and their families, and I can help you find answers.
(531) 233-1075 View (531) 233-1075
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Tracy Epps
Counselor, MS, PLMHP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68105
I integrate various evidence-based modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy, to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each individual.
Taking the step to seek therapy is an act of courage, and I am excited to embark on this transformative journey alongside you. Let's work together to create positive change and pave the way toward a more fulfilling and empowered life. I am dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey toward emotional well-being, self-discovery, and personal growth. In my practice, I prioritize building a strong therapeutic alliance characterized by trust, respect, and collaboration. A solid foundation of trust is essential for clients to feel comfortable sharing their innermost thoughts and emotions.
I integrate various evidence-based modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy, to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each individual.
Taking the step to seek therapy is an act of courage, and I am excited to embark on this transformative journey alongside you. Let's work together to create positive change and pave the way toward a more fulfilling and empowered life. I am dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey toward emotional well-being, self-discovery, and personal growth. In my practice, I prioritize building a strong therapeutic alliance characterized by trust, respect, and collaboration. A solid foundation of trust is essential for clients to feel comfortable sharing their innermost thoughts and emotions.
(402) 243-6175 View (402) 243-6175
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Jessica Smeal
Counselor, LMHP, LADC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Omaha, NE 68114
I have been a Therapist since 2008 and have specialized training in EMDR, DBT Individual and Skills, CBT, REBT, substance abuse, and Life Coaching. I have experience working with various populations in co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders including corrections, inpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Using my training and education, I use an eclectic approach to individualized client care. Fundamentally, I believe in a client's ability to change, increase their well-being, and overall functioning.
I have been a Therapist since 2008 and have specialized training in EMDR, DBT Individual and Skills, CBT, REBT, substance abuse, and Life Coaching. I have experience working with various populations in co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders including corrections, inpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Using my training and education, I use an eclectic approach to individualized client care. Fundamentally, I believe in a client's ability to change, increase their well-being, and overall functioning.
(402) 378-9357 View (402) 378-9357
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Hope Collaborative LLC
Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Verified Verified
Omaha, NE 68144
If you are looking for a specific skill we have providers trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, EMDR, AFTTA, Brainspotting, CBT, ACT, DBT, Solution Focused, Sandtray, IFS and more.
Hope Collaborative is a collection of independent providers who treat a variety of client needs such as Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Couples, Sex Therapy, Grief, Self-medicating and Addictions, and more. We have clinicians who treat adults and those who treat children ages 10 and up. We offer a comfortable and safe space for you or your child to work on your goals.
If you are looking for a specific skill we have providers trained in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, EMDR, AFTTA, Brainspotting, CBT, ACT, DBT, Solution Focused, Sandtray, IFS and more.
Hope Collaborative is a collection of independent providers who treat a variety of client needs such as Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Personality Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Couples, Sex Therapy, Grief, Self-medicating and Addictions, and more. We have clinicians who treat adults and those who treat children ages 10 and up. We offer a comfortable and safe space for you or your child to work on your goals.
(402) 892-8164 View (402) 892-8164
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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.