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Cognitive behavioral therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common form of psychotherapy that can effectively treat many mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, and more.

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Cognitive behavioral therapy can help treat the following conditions

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Pain management

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a common form of psychotherapy that can effectively treat many mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, and more. 

CBT is guided by three key principles

  1. Psychological challenges are partially based on unhelpful ways of thinking.
  2. Psychological challenges are partially based on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior.
  3. Those experiencing psychological challenges can learn how to cope with them, which provides relief and allows them to be more effective in their lives.


Doing CBT therapy online 

There is a vast amount of research and data proving CBT’s effectiveness. During a typical CBT session, the therapist and individual work together to identify any patterns in thinking or behavior that may be causing the individual psychological discomfort. The best course of action will differ for each individual, as effective CBT is practiced on a case-by-case basis. Some common methods used include: 

  • Increasing self-confidence
  • Gaining a better understanding of other people’s behavior and motivations
  • Noticing the fears rather than avoiding them
  • Role-playing to prepare for potentially uncomfortable interactions or scenarios
  • Learning how to calm the mind and relax the body

What to expect using Amwell®

  1. Review our providers's education, experience, and approach to treatment and choose a provider that works for you.
  2. Schedule your appointment online, no need to call in. Pick a time in your schedule that works for you.
  3. Add your phone number. This will give us a way to reach you if your appointment changes.
  4. Set a reminder, we'll email you a few hours before the call so you can get ready.
  5. That's it! On the day of your appointment you'll talk to your provider and address your concerns.

Got questions? We’ve got answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a method of treatment that is used to effectively address a wide range of mental health concerns. CBT is a goal-oriented psychotherapy that aims to improve mental health functioning by challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs (cognitive distortions). It helps the client change unhelpful patterns of behavior and improve emotion regulation and coping skills. CBT also allows clients to recognize their cycles of thought, feeling, and behavior to notice maladaptive patterns and initiate change. CBT is different from traditional talk therapy in that it is problem-focused and action-oriented and less time is spent delving into the client’s past or the therapist’s interpretations.

While CBT was originally developed to treat depression, it has long since been a widely effective treatment approach for most mental health concerns including anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, body dysmorphia, sleep disorders, and pain management.

CBT therapists will assist clients in developing specific goals and identify strategies that will most effectively address these goals and decrease symptoms. CBT is often a manualized, short-term treatment and includes interventions such as relaxation exercises, motivational self-talk, journaling, mood monitoring, and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP). CBT relies heavily on the skills being practiced between sessions, with detailed review of progress and problem solving. This process allows the client to apply the strategies discussed in therapy to real life.

CBT is well suited for online therapy because of its focus on active participation and interaction between the therapist and client. Clients’ access to therapy from their chosen location aligns with the CBT therapist’s solution-focused approach and desire to help their clients make practical and specific improvements. Most, if not all, CBT approaches can be adapted to an online format.