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4,973 people sought cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) help in Massachusetts 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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Christopher Hawkins

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What is your go-to approach for cognitive behavioral therapy?

My go-to approach for helping people in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is creating a safe and comfortable environment.

What tools do you teach in cognitive behavioral therapy?

I teach mindfulness, coping skills, and critical thinking skills.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in cognitive behavioral therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when they consistently utilize learned skills.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement cognitive behavioral therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in cognitive behavioral therapy with daily reflection and journaling.

What should someone do to prepare for starting cognitive behavioral therapy?

To prepare for their first session, an individual can identify daily challenges and how they would like to work through them.

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 Newton, 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?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular approach to psychotherapy treatment, which focuses on altering one’s thoughts and/or behaviors to resolve their presenting problem. This problem might be trouble sleeping, arguing with one’s partner, drinking too much alcohol, or even depression. It is an effective form of therapy because it guides the individual through the process of identifying, understanding, and changing their harmful habits. These changes prove instrumental to living better.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

–Albert Einstein

At Thriveworks Counseling, we believe everyone can learn something valuable through work with a skilled, compassionate mental health professional—whether you’re between accepting a huge job promotion and leaving it all behind to pursue your real dream, you’re struggling with what to do and how to feel after your divorce, or you’ve been experiencing some strange psychological symptoms and you are in search of answers. In any case, a cognitive behavioral therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton, MA can help.

How Does CBT Work?

As mentioned above, CBT is rooted in helping the client destroy their negative thinking patterns and adopt positive thoughts instead. How exactly is this accomplished? The therapist will use different techniques to help their clients understand the power of their thoughts: in sum, thoughts rule our feelings, and our feelings rule our lives. Take a look at the following example:

John’s best friend Anne hasn’t responded to his texts or calls for a few days now. Immediately John assumes that she is angry with him. He stays up all night wondering what he did to upset her. The following weekend, they both show up to a mutual friend’s party. Assuming she won’t want to talk to him, John dips past her. Anne notices and chases after him. “Are you avoiding me?” she asks. “Well, I just assumed you still didn’t want to talk to me,” he replies. Quickly, they get to the bottom of the problem. Anne wasn’t upset with John at all; she simply got a new number and was planning to give it to John tonight.

John assumed the worst: that his best friend was mad at him and didn’t want anything to do with him. In reality, she wasn’t mad at him at all—he was simply texting her old number. John caused himself unnecessary distress by assuming the worst: he engaged in the fortune telling distortion, one of many negative thinking patterns.

Your therapist will teach you about negative thinking patterns, but most importantly help you understand how you can change your thoughts to make a happier, healthier life. This proves helpful when it comes to controlling one’s anxiety, depression, and harmful habits like drinking or gambling.

Who Should Pursue CBT? Who Can It Help?

Just about anyone can benefit from working with a cognitive behavioral therapist. That said it may be most beneficial to individuals who can pinpoint a specific issue they want to address—as it’s more difficult to confront vague feelings of discontentment or unease because CBT is focused on analyzing specific thoughts and behaviors. That said, CBT often helps individuals who face the following challenges:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Addiction

The Importance of a Strong Therapist-Client Relationship

In cognitive behavioral therapy, success relies on a mutual and equal relationship. Here’s how it works: first, the client explains what problem he or she is presenting as well as what improvements they would like to make in therapy. The therapist will then build each session around discussions about these topics. Each week, they’ll continue to tackle the issues the client presents, as they discuss the cause of these issues as well as potential remedies.

The therapeutic process doesn’t stop there. Often, clients are given homework assignments, which further help them to identify potential problem areas in their life and brainstorm ways to fix them. Take, for example, a client who has negative thought patterns, which is contributing to their anxiety. Their therapist might assign him the task of completing a journal entry each night to track these thoughts. They’ll then analyze the thoughts in therapy and talk about why the thoughts are problematic.

It’s crucial that a client trusts and confides in their therapist. Remember: your therapist or counselor isn’t out to get you. They want to help you. It’s vital that you wholeheartedly believe that so as to benefit exponentially from the therapeutic process.

Schedule a Session at Thriveworks Counseling in Newton Today

Do you think you could find value in cognitive behavioral therapy? Our therapists have seen firsthand how changing your thoughts can change your life. Not to mention, working with a mental health professional offers new understandings and gives you the opportunity to learn other effective tools for living better.

If you think you could benefit from working with one of our providers, reach out to Thriveworks in Newton today. To get started, just call (617) 992-2827 and a scheduling specialist will set you up with a therapist who can best help you. If your schedule allows it, you might even meet your therapist within 24 hours of your call. We hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to starting this important work with you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Newton therapists and counselors accept 31 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

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Newton
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Newton reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Read more My husband and I worked with Emily for a few months and her guidance had really made a difference in our marriage. In fact, my husband was skeptical about couples counseling initially, but really came to value it after a few sessions; the only reason we stopped was because our insurance changed. Both of us found Emily to be a compassionate and fair listener who recommended concrete tools and practices for us that turned out to be quite helpful.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Read more I admire her integrity, honesty and work ethic. She is easy to talk to and is a great listener. She has consistently demonstrated emotional fortitude and sound Judgement, and will add great value to your organization.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is a competent, warm, and caring counselor.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Read more Kelly is very caring and understanding towards others. I would definitely recommend her for therapy!
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Read more Maureen is compassionate, empathic and an excellent listener. She poses questions and scenarios to truly help the individual reflect. This method of helping allows each person to define their own answers and gain their own success. Maureenʻs years of experience and intellect has prepared her to truly help others. Kudos to anyone lucky enough to work with her.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Maureen is wonderful and caring. I would recommend her services to anyone.
Newton Nov 2018
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★★★★★
I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work alongside Maureen Sullivan, and I am so grateful she is a provider in the therapeutic world. She brings the highest level of experience, creativity, patience, and grit, while remaining open and resourceful. She is truly a gem who is trustworthy; the quintessential dynamic therapist.
Newton Nov 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Newton is off of Boylston Street and Jackson Street. We share a building with Razelles Skin Care Salon. Down the road is a Life Time Fitness and Winston Flowers.

Phone number

(617) 380-4684

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Greek
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