Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically-supported treatment—meaning science shows it works— for many conditions including anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. It is a short-term, action-oriented, collaborative treatment approach focused on reducing current symptoms and making meaningful and lasting changes in your day-to-day life.

CBT is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are inter-connected, and problematic patterns among them drive anxiety, depression, and other symptoms. CBT focuses on developing new ways of thinking and behaving that will break those problem patterns. CBT is a broad umbrella that encompasses a number of specific treatment techniques and interventions including: Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), and behavioral activation, among others. CBT is an empirically-supported treatment for many conditions including


Anxiety Disorders

  • Panic Disorder

  • Agoraphobia

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder

  • Specific Phobias

  • Selective Mutism

Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)

  • Excoriation disorder (skin picking)

  • Other body focused repetitive behavior disorders (BFRBs)

Other Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome

  • Depressive disorders like Major Depression and Dysthymia

  • Eating disorders like Anorexia, Bulimia, and binge eating