How does Cognitive Behavior Therapy differ from other types of therapy?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is more action oriented and often shorter in duration than other traditional types of talk therapy. Clients engaged in CBT are often pleased with the verbal interaction not found in other psychotherapies. Most importantly, CBT focuses predominantly on the present in order to modify thoughts and behaviors to help clients feel happier and find personal fulfillment.

How do I know if I need to see a psychologist?

Aside from individuals with chronic and debilitating mental illness, few people actually “need” therapy. When individuals view therapy as a choice they are often ready to work to make a change in their life. Highly functioning and successful individuals often enter therapy in order to realize their fullest potential.

How do I know if a psychologist is right for me?

It is a good idea to call several therapists to get a “feel” for the kind of work they do and how they may help you achieve your goals. After a brief conversation you can generally get an idea if a psychologist is right for you.

How long will I have to go to Cognitive Behavior Therapy? Do I need to go more than once a week?

In general, CBT is geared to be shorter in duration than other types of psychotherapy. Treatment is tailored to specifically meet the needs of the client. On average clients gain significant benefits from 16 to 32 visits. However, many clients with specific issues often reach their goals within only a few sessions. Others prefer to stay in CBT longer as they find new goals to achieve. In general 1–2 sessions per week is recommended.

What if my problems are associated with a traumatic event in my past? Can I talk about it in CBT? Will CBT help my problem?

CBT is actually a well-researched and proven approach for treating problems occurring from traumatic events (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The client is encouraged to talk about the trauma while taught to desensitize or reduce their discomfort around their memories and recollections.

Can a psychologist prescribe medication? What if my problem requires medication?

A psychologist cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists often work closely with psychiatrists. For certain clients and conditions a combination of CBT and medication is the best approach.

What are the fees and will insurance cover the costs?

Fees range from $100 to $300 per session depending on your financial situation and frequency of visits. Out-of Network medical insurance often covers a part of the costs depending on your mental health benefits.