Virginia Beach Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy—Counselors and Therapists in Virginia Beach, VA

When you think about your life right now, what is one challenge or hardship you would like to overcome? Maybe you want a new job or a big promotion. Maybe you want a healthier relationship with your child. Maybe you want to feel less anxious. Now, think for a moment about what is holding you back from making the changes necessary to achieve that goal? Most of us, when we are truly honest with ourselves, have to admit that we are holding ourselves back to some degree or another. Negative thoughts like, “nothing ever changes” or “I could never do that” can undermine our best efforts. We may have little to no control over other people and certain circumstances, but we have significant control over our own thoughts and perspectives. Many people are learning how to change these negative thoughts into true, positive thinking, and in the process, they are changing their lives. They are looking to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach them how.

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” —Wade Boggs

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a therapeutic method that focuses upon what people are thinking. Clinical research shows that people who go through CBT are often able to sustain significant life changes because they have first changed themselves. Even clients struggling with severe mental health challenges like anxiety and depression experienced substantial symptom relief. Further, CBT often equips people with emotional and cognitive skills they can use for many years after therapy ends.

Thriveworks Virginia Beach provides cognitive behavioral therapy because we have seen the positive change that it can bring to clients. Often, the hardest part of change is looking inward, and our therapists and counselors are ready to offer the support many people need as they seek to change their lives by changing themselves.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

In a typical CBT session, therapists and clients work together, processing a specific relational, emotional, psychological, and/or social challenge the client may be facing. Clients often present a wide array of challenges. Therapists have utilized CBT as a treatment for…

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

CBT’s main focus is upon the client’s response to the particular situation they present, not the challenge itself. For example, consider Patrick. He is struggling to connect with his parents who live in a different city. They asked Patrick to visit over Labor Day weekend, but Patrick said no. He preferred to stay home with his girlfriend. Now, Patrick is dealing with intense guilt. He feels like a terrible son. At his weekly session, he and his therapist begin to process this event and his thoughts about it. Patrick begins to see that this one decision does not define him. Patrick plans to visit his parents at Thanksgiving, and he keeps up with his parents in other ways. Seeing this situation from a different angle has allowed Patrick to let go of his negative thoughts and feelings.

Cognitive Distortions

In some way, everyone experiences the negative thoughts that Patrick faced. These are called cognitive distortions, and they often fuel unhelpful or even destructive actions within an individual’s life. People can change these negative thoughts into positive ones. That process often begins by recognizing them. Examples of common cognitive distortions follow:

  • “Black and white” or polarized thinking occurs when people put everything into one of two distinct categories: good-or-evil, awful-or-awesome, amazing-or-terrible. There is no in-between, shade, or grey.
  • Filtering occurs when people minimize or deny positive, beneficial, and good realities. The only data that they acknowledge is the negative, bad, and/or adverse.
  • Catastrophizing occurs when people expect the worst. Every setback is a sign of impending doom, even when the reality points to a favorable outcome.
  • Overgeneralization occurs when people take one experience and extrapolate a lesson from it that they apply universally to unconnected circumstances.
  • Personalization occurs when people take another’s actions as a direct reflection of themselves. For example, when a friend does not immediately answer a text message, it does not mean that she is ignoring you. It may mean that she is busy with something else.
  • Blaming occurs when people constantly look to find fault. However, at times, no one is to blame. At other times, blame does not help.
  • Emotional reasoning occurs when people equate their own emotions with an external reality. When people feel guilty, they may assume that they have done something wrong. Maybe they have, but maybe they have not. The feeling and the situation are two distinct realities.

Setting Up an Appointment for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach

Think back to that change you would like to make in your life. Are you ready to go for it? Would you like help in the process? Thriveworks Virginia Beach has appointments for CBT, and our therapists are ready to help.

When you call Thriveworks Virginia Beach to schedule an appointment, a scheduling specialist will answer your call and schedule your session. New clients frequently have that first appointment within 24 hours of their call. Weekend and evening appointments are available. We do not keep a waitlist, but most insurance plans are accepted.

If you are ready to make a change, we are ready to help. Contact Thriveworks Virginia Beach today.

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Don Costigan – Highly recommend!

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Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
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Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
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Review for Mandy Donnelly

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This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
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Don Costigan

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I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
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Amazing

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Dr. Turon's passion for working with couples and families is far-reaching! Having worked with him in many capacities, I can say with all clarity, Dr. Turon is genuine and presents his most authentic self, in and out of the therapy room.
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Felt complete

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I had the pleasure of meeting Juan 7 years ago during a very difficult time in my life as well as my kids . Very professional made us feel very comfortable,he helped my kids and myself. I couldn’t be more thankful .
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I've worked with J Turon for several years and can account for the positive impact he has had with so many of our clients. Mr. Turon has a natural way of relating to others, ensuring they understand what he is sharing and then implementing changes that are reflected in behavior, attitude and approach. I would recommend Mr. Turon to anyone or any family seeking answers as well as a guide to a well balanced and healthy approach to mental health.
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It was a great experience

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It was a great experience
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I love everything about Thriveworks!

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I love everything about thriveworks! The first time I called I was able to get an appointment the same day with a great therapist, Shuan Salzman. I was diagnosed with FND and on of the treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy. My daughter also goes here and sees Jeanie. She is workingwonderful with teenagers. My daughter was very hesitant in going but she has open up. Both therapists are perfect very professional. I would recommend thriveworks to any of my family members, friends, and coworkers.
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Very helpful

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Very helpful
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I love Donna

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Pretty good i love donna
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My sessions have been very helpful

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My sessions have been very helpful.
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Digusted

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I cancelled my daughter's appointment due to illness (she was throwing up) and was charged a $99 fee! The fact that you would rather me bring my child throwing up to your office instead of allowing me to cancel is disgusting. It is bad enough having a sick child at home, now I have to incur a $99 fee for having a sick child and doing the right thing by keeping her home. Gross. Shame on you.
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Personable and professional.

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Personable and professional.
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Look Forward to our next

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Only had one appointment so far but we liked the session and look forward to our next
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You’re doing well!

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You’re doing well!
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I would like to continue with Donna

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I felt it was good, donna listened, understood our feeling ,even those which i could not put words to. I would like to continue with her.
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Pete is great

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Going great so far. Pete is great, knowledgeable and relatable.
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Pete was amazing and answered my questions

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Pete was amazing and answered my questions
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So far therapy is great

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So far therapy is great, this is going on my 3rd session in my entire life! and im starting to notice some changes already
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I really look forward to my visits.

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I really look forward to my visits. I feel comfortable and I love the office set up down town.
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The staff are very professional and punctual

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The staff are very professional and punctual and my therapist is extremely knowledgeable, hands on, relatable, and exudes genuine interest in helping me overcome my issues.
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My 1st session was interesting

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My 1st session was interesting looking forward to my next session
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The session was good.

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The session was good. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and obtained a lot of tools.
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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m as hard headed as they come and I have to admit, therapy works!
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We’re both looking forward to our next session.

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We’ve only had one session but I felt Dr. Love really understood what I was trying to relay to my partner. We’re both looking forward to our next session.
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Dr. Love is going to save our relationship!

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Dr. Love is going to save our relationship! Thank you for listening and giving advice !
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Appointment went well

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Very please with how easy to set up appointment & first Appointment went well. I left feeling very comfortable which is the first to learning how to deal with some challenges that I am having to deal with and more to come.
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Donna immediately made me feel comfortable

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Donna immediately made me feel comfortable about her being my daughter’s therapist. She has a true understanding of what she is going through. When I call to make appointments, I am met with a friendly voice.
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Monthly Administrators Fee

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It is unfortunate that my therapist of many years Dr. Amanda Trent started working for Thrive. Thrive charges a MONTHLY Administration plus your copay which is ridiculous. To my knowledge noone charges a monthly fee other than Thrive. In my opinion their goal is to gain money not assist patients in need.. If you need help , i recommend locating a facility that does not charge a monthly fee.
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No appt available

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Your website advertises appointments available within 24 hours, but I just called to schedule with a NP and was told you have no new patient availability.
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Impressed

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I'm repeatedly impressed by Ebonie's insights and knowledge. She is a great counselor
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