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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT Therapists in San Rafael, California

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? (CBT)

CBT is a structured, practical form of psychotherapy in which the therapist helps the client overcome symptoms and improve overall functioning by developing skills to cope with the thoughts and behaviors that maintain the problem. A core principle of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is that by changing how you think about a problem, you will experience different feelings about it and be inclined to behave differently. CBT also focuses on helping clients notice and challenge unhelpful thoughts, as well as try new behaviors to disprove thoughts and beliefs.


Skills Taught in CBT:

Common skills taught by therapists in cognitive behavioral therapy include:

  • Mindfulness

  • Tracking thoughts

  • Thought challenging

  • Activity scheduling

  • Role playing

  • Exposure therapy

  • Behavioral experiments

  • Relaxation techniques


What is Treated with CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective in treating:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Mood disorders, such as Depression or Bipolar Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Eating Disorders


Develop Tools to Overcome Challenges with CBT

If you’d like to learn skills to gain confidence in handling distress, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our CBT therapists.

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