Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also commonly known as CBT is a form of psychotherapy aimed at understanding and dealing with a patient’s beliefs so as to change the way they think and how they react to the things happening around them. CBT treatment is based on the concept that our thoughts (cognition), feelings (emotions) and actions (behavior) are all interconnected. How we think influences our feelings and determines how we act.

CBT was originally developed and is commonly used for the treatment of depression and anxiety. It, however, can be applied in the treatment of other physical and mental health problems such as eating disorders and phobias.

The History of CBT

The existence of CBT as we know it today is credited back to the psychiatrist Aaron Beck. In the 1960s while doing his psychoanalysis, Beck observed that his patients seemed to have internal dialogues during the analytical sessions but would not fully disclose to him about the conversations they had in their minds.

Through his research, he discovered that there is an important link between thoughts and feelings. Beck realized that people may not always be aware of their emotion-filled thoughts but could be taught to identify and vocalize them. Aaron Beck realized that the answer to his patients’ understanding and dealing with their problems was in identifying and reporting on their negative emotion-filled thoughts.

CBT treatment application is however not a single therapeutic technique. Rather, CBT is an umbrella term that groups a number of different therapy approaches with common elements. The most prominent approaches include:

• Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
• Rational Behavior Therapy
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy
• Rational Living Therapy
• Cognitive therapy
• Multimodal Therapy

CBT Sessions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment is a very goal-directed form of talking therapy. It helps patients deal with a specific problem, emphasizes more on current situations and does not delve so much into the past. A full course CBT treatment runs from between 5 to 20 sessions. A typical session with a therapist should take about half an hour to an hour. Here is what you can expect in CBT sessions.

  • Your therapist will work with you to identify the problems you would like to address, then break each of them down into smaller parts and fit them into the categories of either thoughts, emotions or actions.
  • Your therapist will work with you to identify the problems you would like to address, then break each of them down into smaller parts and fit them into the categories of either thoughts, emotions or actions.
  • Next, you will help your therapist determine the effect your problems have on each other as well as on you. This will enable your therapist to identify the unrealistic or unhelpful thoughts and behavior you need to change to allow you to deal with your problems.
  • You and your therapist will develop the changes you need to make and the skills to adopt. Together, create a plan on how to factor in these changes in your daily life then you will be tasked to put them into practice.
  • The subsequent sessions with your therapist will be to discuss your progress, evaluate the impact the changes have made in your life and work on managing your emotions, thoughts, and behavior.

 

Pros of CBT

CBT treatment has the following advantages:

  • Compared to other talking therapies CBT can be completed in a relatively shorter period.
  • Because of its highly structured nature, CBT treatment can be offered in various formats such as self-help books, computer programs, and group sessions.
  • CBT aims to equip patients with practical skills and techniques to be used in everyday life that will help you process and cope with your problems positively, even after completion of treatment.
  • CBT treatment helps patients develop beliefs and attitudes that are flexible and self-empowering towards themselves, others and their environment to assist in overcoming depression and anxiety.

 

Cons of CBT

The success of CBT treatment is highly dependent on the patient’s ability to change their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Thus a high level of commitment is required to get the most out of the process, which not always possible for everyone.

CBT sessions mostly involve the therapist giving the patient tasks to be completed between sessions. This may be time-consuming for some patients and may slow down their progress in the treatment.

CBT Therapists at Gibson Counseling

Ida MacDonald, LPC, CMHIMP

Ida MacDonald, LPC, CMHIMP

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Location: Video Only for Texas Residents

Evaluations Offered: Health Assessment

Insurances Accepted:  Cigna, United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers), Optum EAP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Sendero, Self pay $110

Accepting New Clients:   Yes    (Video only)

Expertise: Adults, Couples, Kids (16 year and up)

Kristi Long, LPC, LCDC

Kristi Long, LPC, LCDC

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Location: Video Only for Texas

Evaluations Offered: Addiction (e.g. porn, internet, eating ,etc), Anxiety and Panic attacks, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar, Depression, PTSD and Trauma, Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Insurances Accepted:   Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP),  United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers), Humana, Triwest-VA, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Self pay $110

Accepting New Clients:    YES   (Video only)

Expertise: Adults and Adolescents (over 13 years), No couples

Amy Venn, LCSW

Amy Venn, LCSW

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Location: Video Only for Texas

Insurances Accepted:  Humana, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Self pay $110

Accepting New Clients: Yes (Video only)

Expertise: Adults and Children (12 and up), No Couples

Nathan Evans, LPC

Nathan Evans, LPC

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Location: In person in Cedar Park or video for Texas residents

Insurances Accepted:  United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Self pay $150

Accepting New Clients:     NO

Expertise: Adults and Couples

Rhonda Mack, LPC

Rhonda Mack, LPC

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Location: In person Cedar Park and Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted: United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Humana, Cigna (no EAP), Aetna (no EAP) , Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Triwest-VA, Self pay $150

Accepting New Clients:  YES   (Video and in person)

Expertise: Kids (14 yrs and older), Adults , Couples

Whitney Briggs, LPC

Whitney Briggs, LPC

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Location: Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS,  Sendero, Tricare,   United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers) , Triwest-VA,

Accepting New Clients:  NO (Video Only)

  (NO CHILDREN OR COUPLES AT THIS TIME) 

Expertise: Kids (13 yrs and older), Adults , Couples

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

Kyle Dickerson, LMFT

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Location: In person South Round Rock and Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Multiplan/PHCS, Tricare, Triwest-VA, Humana, United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers)  Sendero, Self pay $130

Accepting New Clients:   NO     (Video and in office)

Expertise:  Kids (10 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Assessments:

  • Anxiety and Panic attacks
  • PTSD and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Schizophrenia and Psychosis
  • Bipolar
  • Eating Disorders
  • Addiction (e.g. porn, internet, eating ,etc)
Sally Guerra, LPC

Sally Guerra, LPC

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Location: Video Only for Texas Residents

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP),  Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,  United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Triwest-VA, Self Pay $150

Evaluations Offered: ADD, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Anger Issues and PTSD

Accepting New Clients:  YES  (VIDEO ONLY)

Video only  (Children age 12 and up)

Expertise: Kids (5yr and up), Adults and Couples

Danielle Linders, NCC, LPC, LCDC

Danielle Linders, NCC, LPC, LCDC

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Location: In person North Round Rock and Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,   United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers)  , Triwest-VA, Self pay $150 

Accepting New Clients:  NO

Expertise: Adults and Couples

Amber Clemens, LMFT

Amber Clemens, LMFT

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Location: Video Only for Texas

Evaluations Offered: Drug and alcohol, substance abuse, Adult ADHD

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP) Beacon,Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Triwest-VA, Self pay $150

Accepting New Clients:     NO    (Video only)  Daytime availability only

Expertise: Adults and Couples

Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

Sheryl Stiffler, LMFT

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Location:  Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), BCBS, Beacon, Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare, United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Triwest-VA, Self pay $150 

Accepting New Clients:  YES     (video only)​ Daytime availability only

Expertise: Kids (6 yr and up), Adults and Couples

Paulina Pina, LPC

Paulina Pina, LPC

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Location: In person North Round Rock and Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Insurances Accepted: Aetna (NO AETNA EAP), Beacon Options, Blue Cross Blue Shield,  Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero, Tricare,  United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers), Triwest-VA, Self pay $150 

Accepting New Clients: No

Expertise:Kids (8 yrs and older), Adults and Couples

Ana "Rebeca" Ramirez, LPC

Ana "Rebeca" Ramirez, LPC

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Location: In person in Cedar Park or video for Texas residents

Insurances Accepted:  United Health Care (UMR, Oscar, Optum, Allsavers), Self pay $150

Accepting New Clients:     NO

Expertise: Adults and Couples

Robert Gallegos, LPC-S

Robert Gallegos, LPC-S

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Location: In person South Round Rock and Video Therapy for residents in Texas

Evaluations Offered: 

Insurances Accepted:   Aetna, (NO AETNA EAP), Cigna (NO CIGNA EAP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Multiplan/PHCS, Sendero,  Tricare, United Health Care (UMR, Optum, Oscar, Allsavers) , Triwest-VA, Self pay $150 

Accepting New Clients:   NO  (no Couples)

Expertise: Kids (15 yrs and older), Adults

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