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We found 4 providers with an interest in cognitive-behavioral therapy and who accept Cigna near Burbank, CA.

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Dr. Poupak Merrill, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1302 Lincoln Avenue; Suite 203
San Jose, CA

Dr. Poupak Merrill's area of specialization is psychology. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Merrill's areas of expertise include alcohol abuse, depression, and behavior therapy. She accepts ValueOptions, Anthem, and Health Net, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Persian. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Relevant Interests: , cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

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Susan B Valkenaar, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
1400 Coleman Avenue; Ste E15-1
Santa Clara, CA

Ms. Susan Valkenaar's specialties are family therapy and counseling. Areas of expertise for Ms. Valkenaar include narrative therapy, person-centered therapy, and holistic therapy. Ms. Valkenaar accepts the following insurance: Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna.

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Relevant Interests: , cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

All Interests: Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Eclectic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Humanistic ... (Read more)

Grace Grace Tang
Specializes in Family Therapy
1925 Winchester Boulevard; Suite 106
Campbell, CA

Ms. Grace Tang is a family therapist in Campbell, CA and San Jose, CA. She is conversant in Mandarin. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, person-centered therapy, and domestic abuse. Ms. Tang takes Magellan Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

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Laihin Josephine Cheung, MSW
Specializes in Social Work
333 W. El Camino Real; Suite 315
Sunnyvale, CA

Ms. Laihin Cheung is a social worker. Her areas of expertise include depression, domestic abuse, and phobias. She is in-network for Magellan Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and PacifiCare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Cheung (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin, Japanese, and Cantonese.

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Relevant Interests: , trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy

All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Diagnostic Evaluation, Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders, Somatic Experiencing, ... (Read more)

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What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy or treatment for mental illness. It comes in a variety of methods, but the basic concept behind all CBT is the same -- our thoughts cause our feelings, which cause our actions. If we wish to change problematic behaviors or emotions in our lives, we need to start by changing our thoughts. CBT examines ideas and looks for patterns that may be causing harmful actions. The therapist helps patients modify those thought patterns and, in doing so, helps them feel better and cope more effectively.

CBT is one of the most widely studied forms of psychotherapy, and it has been shown to be extremely effective for a variety of mental illnesses. Some of the issues that respond well to CBT include mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders. In some cases, CBT has been shown to be as effective or even more effective than medication. One of the interesting things that the scientific study of CBT has shown is that CBT actually changes the way the brain works, physically improving its function.

CBT differs from traditional psychotherapy is a few key ways. One of the most important distinctions is the emphasis on the power and responsibility of the patient in CBT. The patient will be encouraged to be the one asking the questions in CBT therapy, and most patients are assigned homework to complete outside of therapy sessions. There is a concept in CBT that we all have the power to change how we feel, even if we cannot control the situation, and this can be very empowering for patients. Because of this power shift, the therapist-client relationship is not as critical to success in CBT as it is in other modes of therapy. Patients should still get along well with their therapists, but they do not need a deep, dependant emotional connection to them. Finally, because CBT often treats a specific issue or problem, it is usually shorter in duration than traditional therapy. While some therapies may continue for years, CBT lasts on average just 16 sessions.