Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) Therapists in Pittsburgh, PA

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Kelly McCall
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15234  (Online Only)
I generally pull from CBT and DBT frameworks but would describe my therapeutic style as eclectic and person-centered.
Life can throw all kinds of things at us. Even when we are prepared, it can be helpful to meet with a trained professional to process through the unexpected, difficult situations and the everyday stressors we are experiencing. I am a licensed professional counselor, who has worked, mainly, with adults experiencing a variety of mental health symptoms, dual diagnoses, and those just looking for some guidance with life goals.
I generally pull from CBT and DBT frameworks but would describe my therapeutic style as eclectic and person-centered.
Life can throw all kinds of things at us. Even when we are prepared, it can be helpful to meet with a trained professional to process through the unexpected, difficult situations and the everyday stressors we are experiencing. I am a licensed professional counselor, who has worked, mainly, with adults experiencing a variety of mental health symptoms, dual diagnoses, and those just looking for some guidance with life goals.
(412) 776-0737 View (412) 776-0737
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Jennifer Costa Hutchinson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Therapeutic Approaches include: Trauma Focused Interventions, EMDR, CBT, DBT and family systems.
Now offering in person sessions on select days. Virtual daytime openings available. I believe therapy is a rewarding and challenging journey. Therapy can support you with overall health and wellness. Are you seeking more balance in your life? Would you like to be able to learn and utilize healthier coping skills to manage stress/anxiety/depression? The therapeutic process can meet you with where YOU are at in your life at this time. As you may be seeking a way to resolve a conflict within family or marriage or maybe you have never resolved issues from your past that are still causing you negative emotions in the present.
Therapeutic Approaches include: Trauma Focused Interventions, EMDR, CBT, DBT and family systems.
Now offering in person sessions on select days. Virtual daytime openings available. I believe therapy is a rewarding and challenging journey. Therapy can support you with overall health and wellness. Are you seeking more balance in your life? Would you like to be able to learn and utilize healthier coping skills to manage stress/anxiety/depression? The therapeutic process can meet you with where YOU are at in your life at this time. As you may be seeking a way to resolve a conflict within family or marriage or maybe you have never resolved issues from your past that are still causing you negative emotions in the present.
(412) 818-8537 View (412) 818-8537
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Touchstone Clinical Associates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LSW, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237  (Online Only)
We have some of the few experts in the area that are trained in using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities (including CBT and DBT).
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." -Lao Tzu. If your journey could benefit from the most progressive, evidenced-based treatments currently available, Touchstone Clinical Associates can help. Our team has a rare depth of experience treating eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma that cannot be found anywhere else in the area. With a wealth of empathy, Touchstone Clinical Associates has the knowledge and technical expertise to get your journey started on the right path.
We have some of the few experts in the area that are trained in using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities (including CBT and DBT).
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." -Lao Tzu. If your journey could benefit from the most progressive, evidenced-based treatments currently available, Touchstone Clinical Associates can help. Our team has a rare depth of experience treating eating disorders, mood disorders, and trauma that cannot be found anywhere else in the area. With a wealth of empathy, Touchstone Clinical Associates has the knowledge and technical expertise to get your journey started on the right path.
(412) 214-7037 View (412) 214-7037
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Melissa Noll-Carter
Licensed Professional Counselor, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
I am a certified TF-CBT counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
**Teletherapy secure video sessions available** Finding a therapist can be challenging. It may feel overwhelming to take the initial steps to begin counseling and search for someone who is the right fit for your unique personality. I emphasize the importance of a positive therapeutic relationship where collaboration assists you in getting you to where you want to be. Many people have asked me how I can do such a difficult job. I see my “job” as a gift. It is truly special when people allow me to be apart of their lives and can be vulnerable with me as we walk together in the healing process, whatever that may look like for them.
I am a certified TF-CBT counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
**Teletherapy secure video sessions available** Finding a therapist can be challenging. It may feel overwhelming to take the initial steps to begin counseling and search for someone who is the right fit for your unique personality. I emphasize the importance of a positive therapeutic relationship where collaboration assists you in getting you to where you want to be. Many people have asked me how I can do such a difficult job. I see my “job” as a gift. It is truly special when people allow me to be apart of their lives and can be vulnerable with me as we walk together in the healing process, whatever that may look like for them.
(412) 545-6351 View (412) 545-6351
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Neena Nellori
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
I utilize a combination of therapeutic approaches to individualize treatment for each client, including reality therapy, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, family systems, humanistic and solution-focussed therapy.
Welcome to my practice! My approach is to get to the heart of your situation and engage you in developing insight into your choices and patterns. I work collaboratively with you to examine your life choices, problem management and support you through the process of implementing effective change in your life I am an active-directive psychologist who not only listens to you but also provides valuable information on strategies on what is working for you and what isn't. I also help you get unstuck by focussing on a solution and action oriented model of change.
I utilize a combination of therapeutic approaches to individualize treatment for each client, including reality therapy, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, family systems, humanistic and solution-focussed therapy.
Welcome to my practice! My approach is to get to the heart of your situation and engage you in developing insight into your choices and patterns. I work collaboratively with you to examine your life choices, problem management and support you through the process of implementing effective change in your life I am an active-directive psychologist who not only listens to you but also provides valuable information on strategies on what is working for you and what isn't. I also help you get unstuck by focussing on a solution and action oriented model of change.
(412) 413-9906 View (412) 413-9906
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Rachel Simonds
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
ONLY accepting new neuropsych clients at this time. I am a licensed psychologist who works with adolescents and young adults who are seeking help with emotional, social, and behavioral problems. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to creating change. My goal is to create a safe, supportive environment to help you navigate the challenges you're facing. I use CBT and other evidence-based treatments, tailored to each individual, to help meet their needs and achieve their goals. I also conduct neuropsychological assessments for ADHD for adults.
ONLY accepting new neuropsych clients at this time. I am a licensed psychologist who works with adolescents and young adults who are seeking help with emotional, social, and behavioral problems. Building a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to creating change. My goal is to create a safe, supportive environment to help you navigate the challenges you're facing. I use CBT and other evidence-based treatments, tailored to each individual, to help meet their needs and achieve their goals. I also conduct neuropsychological assessments for ADHD for adults.
(412) 293-0692 View (412) 293-0692
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Ann Frerotte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RN , LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
I use a variety of evidence-based modalities including CBT, DBT, IPT, BA and mindfulness.
It is powerful, life changing and brave when we take steps toward understanding ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. At first this can sound daunting but with a solid set of tools and healthy introspection and exploration, this is a superpower. This is where our freedom lies. Things in life are often not clearly delineated. Oftentimes, we judge ourselves harshly and feel like we can’t move ahead. In therapy, we will work collaboratively to help you weather life's ups and downs while developing self-compassion.
I use a variety of evidence-based modalities including CBT, DBT, IPT, BA and mindfulness.
It is powerful, life changing and brave when we take steps toward understanding ourselves and how we interact with the world around us. At first this can sound daunting but with a solid set of tools and healthy introspection and exploration, this is a superpower. This is where our freedom lies. Things in life are often not clearly delineated. Oftentimes, we judge ourselves harshly and feel like we can’t move ahead. In therapy, we will work collaboratively to help you weather life's ups and downs while developing self-compassion.
(412) 910-1053 View (412) 910-1053
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Nicole Jacobs
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15241  (Online Only)
, Solution Focused Brief Counseling, Reality Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), we will collaborate to develop appropriate solutions to your current struggles, allowing you to take back control of your life.
Sometimes, life can be stressful and feel overwhelming. It sometimes doesn't go as we had planned. Sometimes we need guidance. My desire is to have my clients learn to handle life's "curve balls" and motivate them to develop positive coping skills in order to decrease the unraveling that can occur.
, Solution Focused Brief Counseling, Reality Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), we will collaborate to develop appropriate solutions to your current struggles, allowing you to take back control of your life.
Sometimes, life can be stressful and feel overwhelming. It sometimes doesn't go as we had planned. Sometimes we need guidance. My desire is to have my clients learn to handle life's "curve balls" and motivate them to develop positive coping skills in order to decrease the unraveling that can occur.
(412) 274-1787 View (412) 274-1787
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Rachael Heiser
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Elizabeth utilized multiple treatment approaches including mindfulness, solutions-focused therapy (SFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and person-centered therapy (PCT).
Elizabeth Chatman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is passionate about her work in the mental health field. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults, as well as integrating family therapy when it is appropriate. Elizabeth specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, emotional regulation, and behavioral issues.
Elizabeth utilized multiple treatment approaches including mindfulness, solutions-focused therapy (SFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and person-centered therapy (PCT).
Elizabeth Chatman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who is passionate about her work in the mental health field. She has experience working with children, teens, and adults, as well as integrating family therapy when it is appropriate. Elizabeth specializes in depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, relationship issues, emotional regulation, and behavioral issues.
(412) 900-1810 View (412) 900-1810
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Ann Adams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPH, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I am trained in EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT and other evidence-based modalities.
As a psychodynamic, trauma-focused therapist, I can help you process past experiences in a safe environment - working with you to calm the unwanted noise that is anxiety. I can also help you address and resolve the depression that too often obscures our truest selves. Perhaps you’ve experienced a major upheaval or maybe you’re grappling with more subtle, disruptive changes to your day-to-day functioning. Either way, such shifts can be destabilizing, causing us to question core beliefs and ask: Am I even on the right path? New traumas may unfold, and older ones may awaken but we still have a very real need to feel grounded.
I am trained in EMDR, CPT, TF-CBT and other evidence-based modalities.
As a psychodynamic, trauma-focused therapist, I can help you process past experiences in a safe environment - working with you to calm the unwanted noise that is anxiety. I can also help you address and resolve the depression that too often obscures our truest selves. Perhaps you’ve experienced a major upheaval or maybe you’re grappling with more subtle, disruptive changes to your day-to-day functioning. Either way, such shifts can be destabilizing, causing us to question core beliefs and ask: Am I even on the right path? New traumas may unfold, and older ones may awaken but we still have a very real need to feel grounded.
(412) 754-7890 View (412) 754-7890
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Janelle Crisp
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that uses Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) which is a helping approach that focuses on teaching people to identify and change unhelpful, negative thought patterns.
Therapists do many things, including helping people develop awareness and insight into challenging thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I can help with stress management, relationship difficulties, the effects of living with a mental health symptoms. Knowing what therapists do can help you learn how to choose the right therapist for you. I can assist you to do many things, including helping you develop awareness and insight into bothersome thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor that uses Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) which is a helping approach that focuses on teaching people to identify and change unhelpful, negative thought patterns.
Therapists do many things, including helping people develop awareness and insight into challenging thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I can help with stress management, relationship difficulties, the effects of living with a mental health symptoms. Knowing what therapists do can help you learn how to choose the right therapist for you. I can assist you to do many things, including helping you develop awareness and insight into bothersome thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
(412) 453-5828 View (412) 453-5828
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Melva Hartzog
Licensed Professional Counselor, M, Div, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." OpenMind Wellness Counseling Services, LLC provides individual and group counseling to adolescents, adults, and older adults. I believe in incorporating an integrative, holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the role mind-body-spirit play in the healing process. Healing is also promoted through the development of psychosocial areas of life: career, emotional, social, and interpersonal. My therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Christian- and spiritually-integrated CBT. I am a multicultural competent counselor. I am located in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, and offer day, evening, and weekend hours.
"The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power." OpenMind Wellness Counseling Services, LLC provides individual and group counseling to adolescents, adults, and older adults. I believe in incorporating an integrative, holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the role mind-body-spirit play in the healing process. Healing is also promoted through the development of psychosocial areas of life: career, emotional, social, and interpersonal. My therapeutic approach is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Christian- and spiritually-integrated CBT. I am a multicultural competent counselor. I am located in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, and offer day, evening, and weekend hours.
(412) 312-4380 View (412) 312-4380
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Michelle B Kassahun
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CCBT
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor honored with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with various mood and mental health concerns. I'm trained as a Gestalt and Cognitive Behavior Therapist. Additionally, I hold certifications in both Brainspotting and the Safe and Sound Protocol (Polyvagal theory), which are mindfulness reprocessing tools used to heal trauma and promote emotional regulation. I integrate both evidence-based practice as well as holistic functional care to meet your individual needs and facilitate positive growth. I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you during your healing journey!
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor honored with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with various mood and mental health concerns. I'm trained as a Gestalt and Cognitive Behavior Therapist. Additionally, I hold certifications in both Brainspotting and the Safe and Sound Protocol (Polyvagal theory), which are mindfulness reprocessing tools used to heal trauma and promote emotional regulation. I integrate both evidence-based practice as well as holistic functional care to meet your individual needs and facilitate positive growth. I look forward to hearing from you and supporting you during your healing journey!
(717) 833-6210 View (717) 833-6210
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Emily Boris
Licensed Professional Counselor, CFRC, LPC, CAADC, MSEd
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
I provide a variety of services including individual, family and group therapy through CBT, Strength Based and client centered approaches.
I believe that to enjoy a truly fulfilling life, one must find balance and cohesion amongst all areas of life; spiritual, emotional and mental, achievable through a holistic approach to therapy. I provide individuals a safe place to address their concerns, while treating them with dignity and respect, increasing overall client success. I have always been drawn to helping people, and believe that my down to earth personality and client-centered approach, creates a less intimidating experience, wherein my clients can truly engage in the therapeutic process, promoting profound personal growth and lifelong change.
I provide a variety of services including individual, family and group therapy through CBT, Strength Based and client centered approaches.
I believe that to enjoy a truly fulfilling life, one must find balance and cohesion amongst all areas of life; spiritual, emotional and mental, achievable through a holistic approach to therapy. I provide individuals a safe place to address their concerns, while treating them with dignity and respect, increasing overall client success. I have always been drawn to helping people, and believe that my down to earth personality and client-centered approach, creates a less intimidating experience, wherein my clients can truly engage in the therapeutic process, promoting profound personal growth and lifelong change.
(412) 467-0782 View (412) 467-0782
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Counseling With Confidence, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NBCC, MS
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15235  (Online Only)
She incorporates therapeutic modules/theories including CBT, life coaching, positive self –image and modeling, positive self-talk, Law of Attraction, mindfulness therapy and meditation, art and creative play therapy and other spiritual remedies.
Kesha is a culturally competent licensed mental health therapist in Western PA and understands the mental health processes of clients from different economic backgrounds. During her counseling/coaching sessions she begins by building trust and rapport with her clients because it is important for the client to believe that they have a voice in maintaining their health. Kesha works intensely with clients utilizing mindfulness techniques to enhance inner strengths and abilities to increase their levels of self - esteem.
She incorporates therapeutic modules/theories including CBT, life coaching, positive self –image and modeling, positive self-talk, Law of Attraction, mindfulness therapy and meditation, art and creative play therapy and other spiritual remedies.
Kesha is a culturally competent licensed mental health therapist in Western PA and understands the mental health processes of clients from different economic backgrounds. During her counseling/coaching sessions she begins by building trust and rapport with her clients because it is important for the client to believe that they have a voice in maintaining their health. Kesha works intensely with clients utilizing mindfulness techniques to enhance inner strengths and abilities to increase their levels of self - esteem.
(412) 668-1218 View (412) 668-1218
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Tori Romberger
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, NCC, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15222  (Online Only)
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), I offer a client-centered approach to meet you where you are.
You might be struggling with trauma, PTSD, or anxiety. Your mental health is important, and I'm here to support your journey. You are seeking relief from emotional burdens, and my goal is to provide a safe space for healing and growth. Let's work together to achieve the emotional health you desire.
As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), I offer a client-centered approach to meet you where you are.
You might be struggling with trauma, PTSD, or anxiety. Your mental health is important, and I'm here to support your journey. You are seeking relief from emotional burdens, and my goal is to provide a safe space for healing and growth. Let's work together to achieve the emotional health you desire.
(412) 455-8400 View (412) 455-8400
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Carolyn Theresa Skiff
Licensed Professional Counselor, MEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15227
I am here to help people on their journey, wherever they are in life. I believe in empowering people to make good choices for themselves. I work well with clients suffering from depression and/or anxiety and want solid positive coping skills to help deal with stressors. I use CBT and trauma-informed care, as well as an Adlerian perspective to understand the importance of early childhood experiences on personality and belief structure. I believe mindfulness matters. Taking care of you is important!
I am here to help people on their journey, wherever they are in life. I believe in empowering people to make good choices for themselves. I work well with clients suffering from depression and/or anxiety and want solid positive coping skills to help deal with stressors. I use CBT and trauma-informed care, as well as an Adlerian perspective to understand the importance of early childhood experiences on personality and belief structure. I believe mindfulness matters. Taking care of you is important!
(412) 376-4050 View (412) 376-4050
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Tara Gunther
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15237  (Online Only)
I draw on cognitive behavioral techniques and positive psychology, focused on one's strengths and resilience.
I believe in treating everyone with compassion and sensitivity, never knowing what someone might have experienced during their lifespan. This means that issues are viewed through the perspective "What has happened to you" as opposed to "What's wrong with you"--a trauma informed approach. I am likewise experienced with weight loss issues, stress management skills building, anxiety disorders, insomnia, relationship issues, and chronic health conditions.
I draw on cognitive behavioral techniques and positive psychology, focused on one's strengths and resilience.
I believe in treating everyone with compassion and sensitivity, never knowing what someone might have experienced during their lifespan. This means that issues are viewed through the perspective "What has happened to you" as opposed to "What's wrong with you"--a trauma informed approach. I am likewise experienced with weight loss issues, stress management skills building, anxiety disorders, insomnia, relationship issues, and chronic health conditions.
(412) 460-4403 View (412) 460-4403
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Rebecca Pollack
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
In addition I use CBT, DBT and psychoanalytic approaches in my therapy practice and work together with clients to harness the change or insight needed to accomplish their goals.
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families, adults, and couples throughout a variety of life stages. I am passionate about treating women who are struggling with infertility, postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD as well as other transitional issues that can occur throughout the perinatal period. I also work with individuals dealing with general depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, and Bipolar Disorder.
In addition I use CBT, DBT and psychoanalytic approaches in my therapy practice and work together with clients to harness the change or insight needed to accomplish their goals.
I have many years of experience working with adolescents and their families, adults, and couples throughout a variety of life stages. I am passionate about treating women who are struggling with infertility, postpartum depression, anxiety and/or OCD as well as other transitional issues that can occur throughout the perinatal period. I also work with individuals dealing with general depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, OCD, and Bipolar Disorder.
(412) 912-2840 View (412) 912-2840
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Anne Houston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
I work from a number of established methods including cognitive, emotional and psychodynamic orientations.
As a licensed clinical therapist, I offer a warm and collaborative space for you to freely explore what most troubles you. You may be dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or changing life circumstances. I am mindful of you as an individual, while also aware of the concurrent forces of family, culture, and social - and how internal and outside pressures can sometimes make change harder. My role is to attend to you with skill, compassion, and without judgment, so that you can more fully be.
I work from a number of established methods including cognitive, emotional and psychodynamic orientations.
As a licensed clinical therapist, I offer a warm and collaborative space for you to freely explore what most troubles you. You may be dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or changing life circumstances. I am mindful of you as an individual, while also aware of the concurrent forces of family, culture, and social - and how internal and outside pressures can sometimes make change harder. My role is to attend to you with skill, compassion, and without judgment, so that you can more fully be.
(412) 899-1709 View (412) 899-1709

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.