What is CBT?

CBT at Lukin Center: More than Talk

Real, positive change in a shorter period of time.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven, evidence-based treatment that combines traditional talk therapy with targeted coping skills to help get you moving toward your goals, fast.

Because CBT is a very structured process, it usually requires fewer sessions than other types of therapy.

At Lukin Center, we find that CBT is very effective for people who know the issues they want to address and want to see specific results and improvements. Our trained therapists find CBT very effective in treating all kinds of issues, from sleeping better and reducing social anxiety to managing depression or navigating tough relationships at home or work.

CBT at a Glance

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution-focused, evidence-based therapy
  • Addresses specific problems in a shorter amount of time
  • Learn strategies for handling stressful life situations
  • Used alone or in combination with medication
  • Used to treat patients of all ages, including children and adolescents
  • Combination of session work and homework assignments
Woman tries to work on laptop with young children in need of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to cope.

CBT teaches you that while you can’t control much of what happens, you can control the way you interpret and react to the world around you.

What Can You Expect from CBT Treatment at Lukin Center? 

A Structured Plan

Your Lukin Center CBT session is structured with an end goal in mind. You’ll do certain exercises during your therapy session, but much of the work will happen outside of your appointments. Your therapist might ask you to keep a thought journal, read certain articles, or complete activities between sessions.

Teamwork with Your Therapist

In CBT treatment, your Lukin Center therapist won’t tell you what to do or how to solve your problems. Instead, they will actively involve you in identifying your own thought and behavior patterns, helping you reshape them so you can meet challenges differently going forward.

Lifelong Results

Some people describe CBT as “learning to be your own therapist,” because you develop coping skills that will serve you for the rest of your life. That’s true! In order to build that lifelong toolbox, you’ll need to work with a qualified therapist who is a good match in both personality and expertise. Learn more about how Lukin Center matches patients with therapists.

Is CBT Right for You? 

At Lukin Center, our therapists use CBT to treat patients of all ages, including children and adolescents. CBT is effective for anyone who wants to learn strategies for handling stressful life situations:

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety & Panic Attacks
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child & Adolescent Problems
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Drug or Alcohol Problems
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Sexual & Relationship Problems
  • Sleep Problems

CBT is typically a set series of one-on-one sessions, however, many Lukin Center therapists find CBT to be an effective tool for families and couples, too.

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What is the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Triangle?

Dr. Lukin explains the common evidence-based treatment called CBT and how clinicians conceptualize this type of counseling.

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You’re in Great Hands Here

Lukin Center clinicians must maintain the highest possible degrees and certifications in their fields, including best practices in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

CBT serves as a foundation for many types of therapy. Our clinicians will often weave in other techniques and modalities such as  DBT,  EFT,  EMDR  or medication to create a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. As the largest psychotherapy practice in Northern New Jersey, Lukin Center gives you access to more highly trained therapists and a broader range of specialties. We’ll help you connect with the right mental health professional to get the results you want.