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551 people sought cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) help at Boston in the last year

Discover how starting cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)?

At Thriveworks, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely recognized and evidence-based form of psychotherapy or talk therapy. It focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors that can contribute to various mental health issues or challenges that people are struggling with.

What does a cognitive behavioral therapist do?

Cognitive behavioral therapists specialize in Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and can help you to identify and comprehend your thought patterns, which often encompass automatic negative thoughts, cognitive distortions, and self-defeating beliefs. Once these negative thought patterns are pinpointed, cognitive behavioral therapists aim to challenge and replace them with the objective of fostering more constructive and logical thinking. In addition, these therapists place significant emphasis on implementing positive behavioral changes based on the newly established, healthier thought patterns.

What is CBT best for?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly effective for addressing conditions like anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. It focuses on identifying and modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors, making it well-suited for issues related to distorted thinking and emotional regulation.

How much does a CBT session cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, meaning many of our clients only pay a small $0-$50 co-pay. However, we have self-pay options, too. For those out-of-network, our therapy and psychiatry services are around $200, depending on the service and location.

What is the success rate of CBT?

The success rate of CBT varies depending on the intentions of the client and their condition(s).

What's better: CBT or DBT?

The selection between cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is based on an individual's unique needs and challenges. CBT is commonly chosen for addressing conditions such as anxiety and depression, whereas DBT is especially beneficial for individuals dealing with borderline personality disorder, emotional regulation issues, and difficulties in interpersonal relationships.

Is CBT conducted in person or online?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with our Thriveworks therapists in Boston, MA is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How many sessions is CBT?

Generally, CBT is considered a short-term therapy, typically lasting for about 12 to 20 weekly sessions. In some cases, it might extend to around 16 to 20 sessions for more complex issues.

Need more help deciding?

Everyone faces difficulties and challenges in life—no one is exempt. However, people do have control over one thing: their own response. How people respond can make these situations easier or harder. After one mistake, have you ever told yourself, “I can’t do anything right.” How about when you were in a tight spot, have you ever thought, “I feel overwhelmed. I am out of options.” Most likely, you have thought this or something similar because most people have. These are examples of cognitive distortions, and just like everyone faces challenges, everyone will experience cognitive distortions—untrue and negative thought patterns. Cognitive distortions make already difficult realities even more challenging. But many people are learning how to change their thinking. It is not as simple as changing the channel on the TV, but people can and do replace these cognitive distortions with true, positive thoughts. To learn how, many people are turning to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

CBT is a type of therapy that focuses upon people’s thought patterns. Through CBT, internal change is the catalyst for external change. People cannot always control their circumstances or other people, but they can change their perspective. Clinical studies have shown that clients who went through CBT experienced significant and stable changes by adjusting their thought patterns. Specifically, clients who wrestled with anxiety and depression experienced similar results with CBT as they did with medication. CBT empowers individuals with cognitive and emotional skills that often benefit after their therapy finishes.

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” —Carol Burnett

Thriveworks Boston knows that lasting change comes from individuals who want a better life but who also need a little help along the way. That is why we offer cognitive behavioral therapy at Thriveworks Boston. Our therapists, psychologists, and counselors have partnered with many clients and have seen the impact positive thinking can have in an individual’s life.

How Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Help?

When individuals begin CBT, their therapists will often have them specific an emotional, psychological, relational, and/or social problem they are facing. CBT is very practice and asks clients to be proactive in their lives. However, CBT does not analyze the situation, but it focuses upon the clients and how each client views their particular challenge.

The situations that clients may name will vary greatly, and they may include…

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-destructive habits
  • Anger management
  • Self-mutilation
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • General health issues
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • Child and adolescent issues

One way that CBT may help clients is by replacing their cognitive distortions about their particular situation with true, positive thinking patterns. For example, Carman has some relational problems with her parents. She is a grown woman who works full time and supports herself. Carman’s parents want her to visit for Thanksgiving, but Carman wants to stay where she lives and spend the holiday with her boyfriend. Carman told her parents she would not visit, and now she feels intense guilt. She keeps telling herself, “I’ve done something wrong. I am a bad daughter.”

Carman is plagued by cognitive distortions. Just because Carman feels guilty does not mean she is guilty. Instead, Carman can remind herself that as an adult, she is allowed to choose where she will spend her time. Her parents may be upset, but their discomfort does not mean Carman is a bad daughter. Carman can remind herself that she loves her parents and plans to spend Christmas with them. This one decision does not reflect her relationship with her parents.

Prevalent Cognitive Distortions

Everyone will experience a cognitive distortion at some point in life. They are destructive but common. Part of their destruction lies in that they can fuel action. Untrue thoughts can lead to unhelpful behaviors. Being aware that cognitive distortions exists and what they may look like is often the first step toward fighting them. Prevalent cognitive distortions include…

  • “Black and white” or polarized thinking categorizing everything as good-or-bad, horrifying-or-peaceful, delicious-or-disgusting. This either-or thinking does not allow for shade or grey.
  • Filtering blocks any good realities, minimizing or denying them so that people only acknowledge the negative, the adverse, and the bad.
  • Catastrophizing anticipates the worst possible outcomes in every situation even when signs point to a potentially beneficial outcome.
  • Overgeneralization uses one experience to make a principle that may or may not be true and is applied to other experiences that may or may not be connected.
  • Personalization happens people interpret another’s actions as a statement about themselves such as if a friend cannot answer a phone call, the individual feels personally slighted.
  • Blaming is fault-finding even when there is no one to blame.
  • Emotional reasoning mistakes one’s feelings about reality with that reality itself. In the previous example, Carman was feeling guilty, but she was not actually guilty.

Scheduling an Appointment for CBT at Thriveworks Boston

Consider for a moment what challenges you are facing. What do you think about those situations? Are those thoughts helping? If cognitive distortions are exacerbating the difficulties in your life, know that Thriveworks Boston offers cognitive behavioral therapy. If you reach out to Thriveworks Boston, you may be meeting with your therapist or psychologist the following day. We do not keep waitlists, but we do offer weekend and evening appointments. We also accept most insurance plans.

Let’s get started. Contact Thriveworks Boston today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Boston therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Boston
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Psychiatry

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$1

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I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Read more I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Erynn Feb 2024
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It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Read more It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Isoke Feb 2024
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My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Read more My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Gary Dec 2023
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I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Read more I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Boston Jan 2020
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★★★★★
As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Read more As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Boston Nov 2019
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located at the corner of Emerson Place and Blossom Street, inside the Emerson Place Apartments building. We are located on the opposite side of Route 3 from the Charles River and Lederman Park. Across the street, on the opposite side of Blossom Street, you will find the Mass General Hospital complex.

Phone number

(617) 397-3951

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