CBT Specialist

A Place To Turn, Inc

Mental Health Practice located in Westlake Village, CA

When you feel stuck in life or overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, you may benefit from CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). At A Place to Turn, Inc., Cheri McDonald, PhD, LMFT, and the team offer CBT sessions to help you recognize how your thoughts and behaviors affect your quality of life. They customize therapy sessions to your needs to help you overcome what’s keeping you from a happy, fulfilled life. Call the office in Westlake Village, California, today to schedule an appointment, or book a CBT consultation online.

CBT Q & A

What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment option for a variety of mental health and behavioral disorders.

CBT focuses on identifying issues or traumas that affect how you think and behave. This type of therapy also helps you find ways to better cope with your emotions and behaviors in an effective way.

When should I consider CBT?

You may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy to address underlying mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.

Dr. McDonald and the team at A Place to Turn, Inc. may also recommend CBT to address:

  • Alcohol addiction
  • Drug abuse
  • Marital issues
  • Family issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

CBT may be effective on its own, or the team can combine it with other therapies to help you achieve the best results.  

Depending on your individual needs, you may benefit from one or more sessions of CBT per week. Dr. McDonald adjusts the frequency of your sessions based on your progress in therapy.

What can I expect during CBT?

During your initial therapy session, Dr. McDonald spends time understanding your history and current needs. At each of your sessions, she uses therapeutic techniques to help you recognize thinking patterns that are creating problems in your life. 

The more open you are to talk about these issues, the more effective cognitive behavioral therapy is.

You also discuss the behaviors and motivations that are interfering with your enjoyment of life. Dr. McDonald can help you identify any existing fears that cause anxiety or depression, so she can help you address them properly.

To help you better cope with mental or emotional health issues, Dr. McDonald teaches you coping skills that help you manage your emotions and thoughts more effectively. She also teaches you relaxation techniques that lower your stress levels and help you focus on the positives of your life.

In addition to CBT, A Place to Turn, Inc. offers hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, energy healing, and other services that complement your therapy, so you can make lifelong changes to improve your relationship with yourself and others.

To find out how CBT can help you, call A Place to Turn, Inc. today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.