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.
CBT for Depression, Bipolar, and Mood Disorders
We use cognitive therapy to identify and change thinking habits. Behavioral therapy is designed to improve your mood by increasing your activity in events that are pleasing or have personal meaning.
CBT for Anxiety Disorders
If you experience social phobia, panic disorder, or a specific phobia, we help you learn to change how you react emotionally, behaviorally, and cognitively to the identified triggers of your anxiety.
Helps you process traumatic events and reduce trauma-induced psychological disturbances. Research shows prolonged exposure therapy can result in significant improvement in PTSD symptoms.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Helps you understand and come to terms with the traumatic event that led to your PTSD. We help you understand why the event occurred and how it affects your beliefs about yourself, people around you, and the world in general.
Exposure and Response Prevention
In a safe environment, we gradually expose you to the triggers of your obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) while preventing the compulsions from occurring. This teaches you how to disrupt the automatic habits of OCD and begin living your life more freely.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Helps you regulate your emotions when you experience chronic difficulties. Often used to help people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Your dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT) may include a weekly skills group where you learn skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. It may also include weekly individual therapy where you learn to problem-solve. Telephone consultation calls with your therapist help you apply these skills to every day life.
Teaches you to experience and respond to unwanted thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a constructive way. Mindfulness-based interventions give you the tools to live in the present moment with less emotional suffering and more connection to personal values. Not only does Duke offer individual mindfulness-based psychotherapy, but there is also an eight-week program in which participants gather in a group setting to learn cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness exercises. Find out more about the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group.