We found 5 providers with an interest in cognitive-behavioral therapy and who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Laguna Niguel, CA.

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Dr. Suzanne Ruth Engelman, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30131 Town Center Drive; #292
Laguna Niguel, CA

Dr. Suzanne Engelman is a psychologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Engelman include behavioral medicine, depression, and existential psychotherapy. Dr. Engelman accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana ChoiceCare Network, Aetna, and more. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Richard Elliot Landis, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
30101 Town Center Drive; Suite 201
Laguna Niguel, CA

Dr. Richard Landis is a psychologist. His clinical interests include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Landis is open to new patients.

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Mary Franz, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy, Counseling
1395 Cerritos Drive
Laguna Beach, CA

Ms. Mary Franz practices family therapy and counseling. Clinical interests for Ms. Franz include person-centered therapy, holistic therapy, and eclectic therapy. Ms. Franz honors Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance.

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Libby J Gilman-Fleming
Specializes in Social Work
32302 Camino Capistrano; Suite 202
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ms. Libby Gilman-Fleming's area of specialization is social work. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavior therapy, child abuse, and depression. Ms. Gilman-Fleming is in-network for Anthem, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Swedish. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Sheryl Elizabeth Woodhouse
Specializes in Family Therapy
26391 Crown Valley Parkway; #110
Mission Viejo, CA

Ms. Sheryl Woodhouse practices family therapy. Clinical interests for Ms. Woodhouse include behavior therapy, christian counseling, and narrative therapy. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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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.
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