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Cognitive therapy, sometimes referred to as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), has recently emerged as the predominant form of psychotherapy with proven effectiveness for many emotional and behavioral problems.  You will find it to be a common-sense method which focuses more on the present than the past, takes a problem solving approach to emotional difficulties, and is short term compared to traditional forms of psychotherapy. 

The word "cognitive" refers to thoughts and beliefs. Cognitive therapy is particularly concerned with those negative, disturbing thoughts and beliefs that cause people distress and difficulties in daily living.

There are three basic principles of cognitive therapy:

  • How people think about their situations influences how they feel and what they do.
  • Problems like depression, anxiety, and self-defeating behavior can be kept alive by problematic thought patterns.
  • People can learn to identify distorted thinking, change their outlook, take constructive action, and feel better.

Cognitive therapy is one of the most researched forms of psychotherapy ever. There are over 325 clinical trials to date.  Scientific research has found it to be effective for... 

  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Chronic pain
  • Anger
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Marital distress
  • and numerous other problems

What Are My Qualifications as a Cognitive Therapist?

  • Trained by Aaron T. Beck, M.D., developer of cognitive therapy, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Therapist, supervisor, and research coordinator at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research for 12 years.
  • Authored numerous articles and book chapters on cognitive therapy.
  • Presented numerous professional workshops, seminars, and lectures on cognitive therapy.
  • Trained and supervised therapists from all over the world in cognitive therapy.
  • Diplomate & Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy.