Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The Clinic

Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Berkeley, CA, & Marin County, CA

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you how to recognize harmful ways of thinking and discover behaviors that may be affecting your mood and then work to implement positive changes. The team of leading doctors at The Clinic, with offices located in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Berkeley, and Marin County, California, have helped countless patients using CBT. The Clinic will also soon service patients out of its new Berkeley and Marin locations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Q & A

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, also called CBT, is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment approach that centers on helping patients recognize and examine the thought patterns and behaviors that often underlie depression. The fundamental premise of CBT suggests that people often develop a pattern of automatic thinking and feeling in response to certain triggers, often without realizing it. In learning to recognize these patterns, patients can begin to make significant long-term changes. Treatment is typically short-term, the therapy is tailored for each patient, and operates very much as a partnership between patient and therapist. The ultimate goal of CBT is for patients to learn to be their own therapists with the ability to recognize emotional triggers and utilize new tools and techniques to better handle them.

What Kinds of Issues are Best Treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

CBT is effective in treating a wide range of issues. Some of the most common are:


  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and panic disorders
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Depression
  • Substance problems
  • Eating problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Specific phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

What is CBT Homework?

Homework or experimental assignments between sessions may be integrated as a component of your treatment. Specific assignments may vary but the purpose of the exercises is to encourage patients to be active participants in the process and provides an opportunity to put what is explored or learned in the session to practical use in everyday life. Successes and challenges experienced in completing assignments are then discussed in the following treatment sessions.

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The Clinic, San Francisco, CA

2095 Van Ness Ave, 
San FranciscoCA 94109

The Clinic, Palo Alto, CA

512 Hamilton Ave, 
Palo AltoCA 94301

The Clinic, San Jose, CA

2011 Forest Avenue, Suite 10
San Jose, CA 95158

The Clinic, La Jolla, CA

888 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

The Clinic, San Francisco, CA

100 Bush Street, 1428, 
San FranciscoCA 94104

The Clinic, Corte Madera, CA

100 Meadowcreek Drive, #115, 
Corte MaderaCA 94925

The Clinic, Berkeley, CA

46 Shattuck Square, Suite 24, 
BerkeleyCA 94704

The Clinic, Los Angeles, CA

1901 Avenue of the Stars #200,
Los AngelesCA 90067