Mental Health & Counseling located in Ohio City , Cleveland, OH


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) encompasses several types of talk therapy proven to treat a wide range of mental health disorders.The caring team at PMA Assessment and Counseling in Cleveland, Ohio, have helped many patients rebuild their lives by using CBT to help them change negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. During CBT, you learn the skills needed to overcome your challenges. Call PMA Assessment and Counseling today or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online to learn how CBT can improve your mental health.


What is CBT?

CBT focuses on the way thoughts and perceptions directly influence emotions and behaviors. Distorted or flawed thoughts lead to negative feelings and undesirable or destructive behaviors, even in circumstances that don’t justify such reactions.

What mental health conditions does CBT treat?

CBT is highly recommended for many disorders, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Insomnia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder

Your therapist may use different CBT approaches depending on your diagnosis.

What are the different CBT approaches?

CBT is a therapy and an umbrella term encompassing several therapies following the CBT principles, including:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT teaches you to recognize and change unrealistic, negative, and distorted thoughts, which in turn improves your emotions and changes problem behaviors.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

DBT teaches skills that help you manage intense emotions, improve communication, and build relationships.

Trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT)

TF-CBT helps you confront and change negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors caused by trauma.

CBT for insomnia (CBT-I)

CBT-I improves your sleep using several techniques to help you relax and improve sleep hygiene.

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

ACT focuses on challenging emotions, helping you decide if you can change them (and, if so, how to do it) or whether you need to learn to accept them.

What happens during CBT sessions?

CBT focuses on a specific issue and how to solve it. Before starting CBT, you work with your PMA Assessment and Counseling therapist to identify the problem and the goal you want to achieve.

Though each type of CBT takes a different approach, they’re all more structured than many other talk therapies, often using worksheets to explore daily challenges.

CBT is also typically limited to 5-20 sessions. During that time, your therapist designs each session to work toward your goal.

The PMA Assessment and Counseling clinicians often use CBT with other therapies, such as mindfulness and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). They also offer CBT in the office, during outdoor therapy, and through telehealth.

In the skilled hands of the PMA Assessment and Counseling team, CBT can help you overcome many life challenges and mental health disorders. Call the office today or connect online to request an in-person or telehealth appointment and learn more about CBT.