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Jessica Hirsh Weiss, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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About CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured, directive, and cost-effective approach to psychotherapy that ultimately aims to provide individuals with symptom relief. It is relatively short-term, as the focus is primarily on the "here and now" of the individual's experience. The basic tenet of CBT is that our emotions, behaviors, and thoughts all interact with one another. That is, how we feel and act is often influenced by our cognitions. Therefore, CBT aims to help the individual identify and restructure his or her perceptions, in order to bring about positive emotional and behavioral outcomes. It also provides individuals with tools to modify unwanted behaviors and to manage excessive stress and anxiety. These include exposure exercises as well as relaxation training. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on scientific principles, and research has shown it to be extremely effective for a wide range of psychological difficulties. Below are articles from popular publications as well as scientific journals that illustrate the efficacy of CBT:


"Psychotherapy Found to Produce Changes in Brain Functions Similar to Drugs" from New York Times



"Efficacy of a Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Evaluation in a Controlled Clinical Trial" from Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology



"Brief Cognitive Therapy for Panic Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial" from Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology



"Effectiveness of Exposure and Ritual Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Randomized Compared with Nonrandomized Samples" from Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

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