Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

I am located in South Dakota and I am certified and trained to provide online therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Florida.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including:

  • Anxiety disorders: CBT can help individuals with anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias, by teaching them coping skills to manage their anxiety and fears.
  • Anger management: CBT can be very effective at helping to manage anger and frustration.
  • Depression: CBT can help individuals with depression by teaching them coping skills to challenge negative thoughts and behaviors and improve their mood.
  • Sleep disorders: CBT can help individuals with sleep disorders, such as insomnia, by teaching them healthy sleep habits and coping skills to manage any underlying stress or anxiety that may be disrupting their sleep.
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): CBT can help individuals with trauma or PTSD by teaching them coping skills to manage the symptoms of the disorder, such as flashbacks, anxiety, and avoidance behaviors.
  • CBT can also help with self-esteem, procrastination, avoidance issues, and many other concerns.

Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.

It is important to emphasize that advances in CBT have been made on the basis of both research and clinical practice. Indeed, CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed actually produce change. In this manner, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment.

 

CBT is based on several core principles, including:

  • Mental health struggles are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking.
  • Mental health struggles are based, in part, on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
  • People suffering from mental health struggles can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives.

CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. These strategies might include:

Learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems, and to reevaluate them in light of reality.

Gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others.

Using problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations.

Learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities.

CBT treatment also usually involves efforts to change behavioral patterns. These strategies might include:

  • Facing one’s fears instead of avoiding them.
  • Using role playing to prepare for potentially problematic interactions with others.
  • Learning to calm one’s mind and relax one’s body.

Not all CBT will use all of these strategies. Rather, the therapist and client work together, in a collaborative fashion, to develop an understanding of the problem and to develop a treatment strategy.


CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own resource. Through exercises in the session as well as “homework” exercises outside of sessions, clients are helped to develop techniques and skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, manage distressful emotions, and behavior.

 

CBT therapists emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. A certain amount of information about one’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.

Source: APA Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology)

Therapy Session:  45 minutes
Phone sessions: $200
Video Sessions: $225
Longer session times are available upon request and the cost is prorated based on 15 minute increments.

Sessions are conducted through a HIPAA compliant video or phone option.

Payment methods: self-pay

*All major credit cards are accepted.

*HSA/FSA/HRA accepted as long as you have a card connected the account and can be processed through credit card processing.
*I will provide a super bill for you as an out-of-network provider but I do not submit paperwork to the insurance companies.
*I do work with a company that works as an intermediary between you and the insurance company, they do all of the work to help you get reimbursed. (More information about this process will be posted here soon, in the meantime, you can contact me for more information)

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