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What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavior therapy (CBT) is short-term evidence-based psychotherapy that is comprised of behavior therapy and cognitive therapy. Behavior therapy traces its roots to early work done by Ivan Pavlov in the early 1900s and gained prominence in the 1950s. Cognitive therapy was developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s and gained prominence in the 1970s.

At CBC we offer Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, and adults who need help managing their emotions and overcoming problems in their lives. CBT is a comprehensive system of psychotherapy that goes beyond mere self-exploration to help clients learn specialized skills in order to reduce symptoms and problems, improve quality of life, and achieve life goals.

CBT is based on the premise that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other, and in doing so, bring on and maintain negative emotions and psychological problems. Accordingly, CBT approaches help to prevent and treat psychological problems by targeting three main areas to help clients:

  1. Identify and label emotions and learn many strategies to accept and regulate emotions.
  2. Become aware and learn a variety of skills to accept and change unhelpful thoughts that cause and maintain negative emotions and behaviors.
  3. Become aware and learn a variety of skills to change behaviors that cause and maintain problematic thoughts and emotions, and prevent clients from leading fulfilling lives.

An Effective Method of Treatment For a Variety of Disorders

Thousands of research studies conducted by researchers across the world have shown that CBT is effective in addressing a wide range of problems in children, adolescents, and adults, including depression, anxiety and related disorders (e.g., stress, social anxiety, specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety, selective mutism, school refusal), anger problems, problems of inattention, impulsivity or defiance (e.g., ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder), habit disorders (e.g., trichotillomania, skin picking), procrastination, difficulties in problem solving or decision making, social skills problems, somatic problems (e.g., somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder), thought disorders, eating disorders (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, binge eating), and family/relationship problems. Importantly, CBT has demonstrated success when administered alone, and in combination with medication. Furthermore, research has demonstrated that people who undergo CBT maintain their gains over time even after they stop therapy.

Compassionate, Evidence-based Psychotherapy Treatments

CBC Co-founder Dr. Lata K. McGinn has spent her career researching and conducting CBT to understand, prevent, and treat stress, the full range of anxiety problems, depression, and couple conflicts. She has also developed an innovative, evidence-based CBT program to prevent depression and has co-authored two leading books and multiple journal articles. CBC practitioners bring the same commitment to science-based practice, have highly specialized expertise in CBT, and stay up to date with the latest cutting-edge advances in CBT to help clients manage stress, prevent and overcome problems, and reach their life goals. At CBC, we also believe that clients need an environment of serenity, compassion, non-judgment, and support in order to grow and change.

New clients meet with a therapist to discuss their goals and receive an initial evaluation to help develop a treatment plan that is right for them. CBC therapists can provide individual, family and group therapies and will make specific recommendations from our large array of unique and specialized programs.

CBC’s Cognitive Behavior Therapy Programs (CBT) are compassionate, evidence-based psychotherapy treatments for individuals with a wide range of problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, habits, attentional and behavioral problems, parent-child conflicts, couple conflicts, and more. CBT is structured, problem-focused, and time-limited. The CBT therapist works collaboratively with the client and uses specific techniques to improve the client’s well being and overall functioning.

We offer general CBT programs for Adults, Young Adults, Adolescents, and Children. These programs may include individual therapy, our CBT groups, and/or our specialized and innovative CBT programs.

 

Make an Appointment or a Referral


Please contact our Director of Intake Services at 212-595-9559 (ext.5) or 914-385-1150 (ext.1), or fill out the form above, with any questions regarding eligibility, for further information, or to make a referral. If you are a current patient at CBC, please speak to your individual therapist to see how this group may be of added benefit to you.