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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Maybe you’ve heard of CBT, but are not exactly sure what it is, or if it could help you.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) has been found to be the most effective psychological treatment for anxiety-related problems -- including OCD, panic, phobias, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is:

  • Mainly focused on helping people feel better in the here-and-now  

  • Is based on the latest psychological research

  • Helps people develop practical skills for managing difficult emotions

  • Uses between session assignments to accelerate treatment


Many people find that CBT is less mysterious or intimidating than some other forms of therapy. As a CBT therapist, I don’t just sit back and nod while the clients do all of the talking. I give concrete feedback about what I think is causing distress, as well as ideas for what might help them feel better.  

CBT is a focused and collaborative effort between therapists and clients.

Each session, we work together to develop an “action plan” or homework for clients to observe, or make specific changes to, their thinking and actions. Through this process, clients begin to use the skills and understanding they have learned in therapy to become their own therapists.  

I also incorporate research supported mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions for treating anxiety symptoms. I am a member of several professional associations dedicated to CBT including:  Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, DC-CBT, and the International OCD Foundation.

Find out if CBT could help you. Call (301) 836-1345.

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