Cognitive behavioral therapy

Duke experts offer a wide range of cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) to help adults identify and change thinking and behaviors that cause mental health problems. We use CBT to treat mood disorders, anxiety, trauma-related issues, impulse control, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders and other common and complex mental health conditions. Our therapists work with you to understand your values and goals, and create a treatment plan designed to help you live a fulfilling, productive life.

Non-judgmental, compassionate care for mental health disorders

Whether you are experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, stress or relationship problems, cognitive behavioral therapy can help you feel comfortable and ready to make changes.

We work closely with people who have never sought mental health treatment before, as well as people who have complex problems that have not been treated successfully with medication or other treatments. We can help you if you have more than one mental health diagnosis, and if you have significant mental health problems, such as chronic depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We help you manage your condition and learn ways to change your thinking and behavior so you can enjoy a productive life.

Choose Duke for your cognitive behavioral therapy because we offer:

  • Personalized approach. There are many types of cognitive behavioral therapies. We recommend the one that is specific to your needs. 
  • Proven results. We use therapies that have been proven through research and clinical trials to significantly reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life.
  • Specialist referrals. Specific types of mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, anorexia and severe addiction, require specialized treatments. They may also require inpatient or partial hospitalization. Our Duke colleagues are experts in these areas. We also provide referrals to patients under the age of 18 or cases involving legal proceedings. If our comprehensive evaluation finds that you will benefit from one of our specific clinics, we facilitate your referral so you can start your individualized treatment as quickly as possible.


Cognitive behavioral therapies take many forms. We personalize your treatment so that it targets your concerns. Ongoing treatment usually includes weekly, 45-minute visits. We monitor your daily behavior and help you practice new ways of living between your visits. Examples of specific types of cognitive behavioral therapies are below.


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