Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy


In my work with clients, I often use techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy(CBT) as we pursue new views and behaviors that contribute to your mental wellness, and discard those that are inaccurate or negative. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a general term for a range of therapies that emphasize the role of thinking and self-awareness in a person’s thoughts, actions, and emotions. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy focuses on identifying and changing unhealthy thinking patterns. In my work with clients, I emphasize the positive side of CBT, namely identifying and adopting healthy and accurate thinking patterns so that we can find ways to discard those that are unhealthy.


Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy strategies are designed to help you develop greater awareness and understanding of the negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving your greatest potential. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is not an open-ended or ongoing process; cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions are usually designed to end after 12 to 15 meetings.

During our sessions, we work together to meet defined goals related to the issues that thou confront. We will collaborate in formulating goals, defining problems, assessing your past responses, and develop and evaluate more productive future solutions.

Our ultimate goal is to prepare you to take a more active, positive, and responsible role in your life, and to respond to setbacks and challenges in a healthy and productive manner. With work, you will find new ways to view yourself and your environment, ways that empower you to create the life you desire and deserve.

Cognitive-Behavioral approaches can produce a range of benefits, including:

  • Identifying negative thoughts and emotions
  • Preventing addiction relapse
  • Managing anger
  • Coping with grief and loss
  • Managing chronic pain
  • Overcoming trauma and dealing with PTSD
  • Overcoming sleep disorders
  • Resolving relationship difficulties


I customize a therapeutic approach that best supports and addresses each of my client’s specific history, personality, needs and therapy goals. With this support and guidance, the right approach for you and a willingness to engage with curiosity and a commitment to the therapy process, I can help you develop capacity to enjoy your life rather than endure it.

— Ann Baumgardner, PhD