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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on the relationship between an individual's thought, feelings, and behaviors. A CBT therapist will try to explore the links between the thoughts and emotions that occur prior to disruptive behaviors in people with mental illness. By establishing these connections, individuals learn to identify and change inappropriate or negative thought patterns and as a consequence, can address the behaviors associated with their illness.

A common goal is to recognize negative thoughts or mind-sets (mental processes such as perceiving, remembering, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving) and to replace them with positive thoughts, which will lead to more appropriate and beneficial behavior. For instance, CBT tries to replace thoughts that lead to low self-esteem ("I can't do anything right") with positive expectations ("I can do this correctly"). This can often times involve "homework" to help an individual "practice their skills" in between treatment sessions.

CBT is often thought of as a "first=line treatment" in many anxiety disorders (including OCD. Panic Disorder, and PTSD). Along with medication treatment, CBT can successfully help people with mood disorders, ADHD, depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, substance abuse problems and other mental illnesses. 


Paul Fleischer, PsyD

Amparo Penny, MA, LPC

David Spann, MSSW, LCSW, LCAS


Michael Goulding, MSW, LCSW

Cara Lutzow, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Donna Parrish, MSW, LCSW

Amelia Peebles, PhD, LPC

Sharon Stone, PhD, LCSW

Jenny Tart, MA, LPC

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Anne Ruminjo, MD

Vivian Buhrman, MSW, LCSW

Sarah Dawson, MSW, LCSW

Tara Escalante, MSW, LCSW

Melissa Ficarra, MSW, LCSW

Maureen Gomringer, MSW, LCSW

Kelly Hotchkiss, MSW, LCSW

Jeffrey Miller, M.Ed, MSW, LCSW

J. Louise Newton, MSW, LCSW

Pat Williams, MSW, LCSW


Elizabeth Bruce, MSN, PMHNP-BC 

Sasha Frinzl, MSW, LCSW

Randy Marsh, PhD, LCAS

Dorothy Muccio, MSW, LCSW

Jennifer Schiappa, MSW, LCSW

Allison Simpson, MSW, LCSW

Matt Wolf, MSW, LCSW
Wake Forest

Brian Daugherty, MSW, LCSW

Meredith Hailey, MSW, LCSW, CH

Paula Leif, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Jeffrey Miller, M.Ed, MSW, LCSW



Cameron Collins, PhD

Ashley Finch, MSW, LCSW

Dolan Williams, MSW, LCSW

Neuropsychiatric Clinic

Amy Gonzales, PA-C

Wellness Center

John Cassidy, PhD, PA-C

Kivette Parkes, ND

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