Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy focusing on patterns and thoughts.
It’s an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues.
If you’re looking for cognitive behavioral therapy near you, then this blog post will help! I’ll cover:
- Why Find A Therapist That Specializes In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Search For Therapists On Websites Like Psychology Today Or The American Psychological Association
- How To Find Local CBT Therapists
- What About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Online?
- Ask Your Doctor, Family Members, And Friends If They Know Of Any Good Therapists
- What Else Should You Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Before You Try It
Why Find A Therapist That Specializes In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most popular and researched mental health approaches.
What makes CBT so popular? In part it’s because CBT is useful for so many mental health issues including:
- Eating disorders
Besides helping with many problems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is pretty simple. And by following CBT principles you usually see initial results pretty quickly!
For example, when I help people with food struggles, we always start with journaling.
CBT journaling is simple. You write down what you are feeling and what you are eating.
That’s it! No need for complicated instructions.
If a person writes down their emotions and thoughts, they will reduce bad eating habits and improve their mental health.
Just try writing out your thoughts! I guarantee you’ll start seeing your thought patterns!
Can you see why the simplicity of CBT is one reason why CBT is popular?
You should be able to find a CBT therapist because CBT is useful and effective for many problems!
To learn more about CBT techniques, check out “6 Common Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques”.
Search For Therapists On Websites Like Psychology Today Or The American Psychological Association
Here are a two quick CBT resources for mental health issues which you can find online:
- Psychology Today has a directory of CBT therapists by state.
- The National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists has a directory of certified therapists.
How To Find Local CBT Therapists Or Other Mental Health Professionals
Finding a local therapist who practices CBT will make it easier to meet in person!
To find local therapists please check out the American Psychological Association’s ‘locator’ tool.
You use the locator tool and start by providing your 5-digit zip code. You’ll see a listing of therapists who practice all types of therapy in your area code.
You can further filter using the advanced search function. Using this function you can find therapists who practice CBT.
Of course you could also find other mental health professionals too. All you would do is switch the advanced filters for a different type of treatment!
You can also search for ‘cognitive behavioral therapists’ in Google maps and see what comes up.
I did a google maps search for ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapists’ and here’s the search result:
As you can see there are plenty of options nearby! If you are in a major city you’ll be able to find someone who practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
What About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Online?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy online is another great option, too, for many reasons:
– If you’re busy
– If you want a particular therapist who isn’t local
Sometimes face-to-face is tough :/
Being an online counselor myself, I sometimes hear concerns from potential clients about online treatment.
Are you curious about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy online but are hesitant about meeting a therapist online?
I’d like to provide links to studies on Internet Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Check them out for yourself! Scientific research paints a positive picture of CBT online!
But why does CBT work online?
Because CBT is simple!
It’s easy for clients to keep a journal themselves with the instructions I mentioned earlier.
It’s also super convenient for clients to send me pictures of their journal entries!
The simplicity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is what makes CBT popular and also a good online choice.
How To Find A CBT Therapist Online?
Finding a CBT therapist online is even easier than finding a local CBT therapist.
Finding a local CBT therapist wasn’t too hard, was it? So finding one online should be a piece of cake!
You most likely found this article searching for ‘cognitive behavior therapy near me’!
So … just type ‘cognitive behavioral therapy near me’ into Google and see what comes up!
If you have health insurance through your company, you may be able find a therapist there too!
Nowadays there are more online therapy platforms, too. Here are two good options if you’d like to try some cheaper therapy online for any mental health issues.
Both of these resources only work with licensed mental health professionals:
Ask Your Doctor, Family Members, And Friends If They Know Of Any Good Therapists
Of course, searching and working with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy therapist online can be scary.
You’re strangers after all, aren’t you?
Some people prefer working with therapists that their doctor, family or friends recommend.
Years ago I found a great therapist from a professor’s recommendation.
Enlisting family and friends can also help you build your support circle too!
Please realize that your family and friends know people!
Sometimes people think they are all alone. Or they must solve everything.
But you’ve got family and friends to help!
What Else Should You Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Before You Try It
There are a few other things you should know about CBT:
- Length And Frequency Of Therapy Sessions
- Length Of Treatment
- What Critics Say About CBT
Length And Frequency Of Sessions
Usually CBT sessions are around 50 minutes and usually you’ll meet 1x per week.
But, there are exceptions. You should be sure to ask your potential CBT therapist about session length.
For example, I meet with clients 2x per week but only for 30 minutes.
I find that this keeps us moving forward and the conversations lively. There is more accountability this way too!
Length Of CBT Treatment
CBT is usually 20 sessions.
What Critics Say About CBT
The biggest criticism of CBT is …
- Too fast
- Short term
- Not deep enough
Since CBT is very simple and effective, therapy treatment programs tend to end after 3 months or 20 sessions. This is definitely short term!
But this doesn’t mean results are short term!
But nonetheless, what if you want to go beyond CBT with your therapist?
For example, you may want to explore early childhood patterns with your therapist. You could also want to focus on nutrition or exercise more after dealing with your problem in CBT.
This depends on your therapist.
I, for example, will oftentimes transition from CBT therapy sessions into Intuitive Eating.
Be sure to ask your therapist if they offer support beyond their initial therapy engagement!
What other thoughts or questions do you have about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Let me know in the comments below!