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I am passionate about supporting individuals in their journey towards improved mental health and well-being.

Anthony Vecchio

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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 a structured and collaborative process that focuses on identifying and changing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors. I prefer this approach because it is highly effective in treating a wide range of mental health concerns and empowers individuals to develop practical skills for managing their emotions and behaviors.I find the best benefit in the structured nature of CBT, which provides a clear framework for therapy sessions and goal setting. By collaboratively setting specific and achievable goals with my clients, we can track progress over time and make adjustments as needed. Additionally, CBT emphasizes the importance of homework assignments and skill practice between sessions, which allows clients to apply what they've learned in real-life situations and reinforces positive changes.In CBT, I also prioritize the development of a strong therapeutic alliance built on trust, empathy, and collaboration. I believe that a supportive and nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship is essential for clients to feel comfortable exploring difficult thoughts and emotions and implementing changes in their lives.By combining these elements within a CBT framework, I aim to empower my clients to break free from negative thought patterns, develop healthier coping strategies, and achieve their goals for improved mental health and well-being.

What tools do you teach in cognitive behavioral therapy?

I teach the following tools in cognitive behavioral therapy:

  • Thought monitoring: Helping clients identify and track their automatic thoughts, which are often negative or distorted, and recognize the impact these thoughts have on their emotions and behaviors. Thought monitoring helps clients develop awareness of their thinking patterns and begin to challenge irrational beliefs.
  • Cognitive restructuring: Guiding clients through the process of challenging and reframing unhelpful or irrational thoughts. This involves examining evidence for and against negative beliefs, generating alternative interpretations, and adopting more balanced and realistic perspectives.
  • Behavioral activation: Encouraging clients to engage in enjoyable and meaningful activities as a way to counteract depressive or anxious symptoms and increase positive reinforcement. Behavioral activation helps clients overcome avoidance behaviors and regain a sense of pleasure and accomplishment in their lives.
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP): Gradually exposing clients to feared situations or stimuli in a controlled and systematic manner, while teaching them coping strategies to manage anxiety or distress. ERP is particularly effective in treating phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other anxiety disorders.
  • Problem-solving skills: Teaching clients practical problem-solving techniques to address life stressors and challenges more effectively. Problem-solving skills empower clients to break problems down into manageable steps, generate potential solutions, and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Relaxation techniques: Introducing clients to relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery to reduce physiological arousal and promote a sense of calmness and relaxation. Relaxation techniques can help clients manage stress and anxiety more effectively.
  • Social skills training: Providing guidance on effective communication, assertiveness, and interpersonal skills to improve relationships and social support networks. Social skills training helps clients develop healthier and more satisfying connections with others.
By teaching these tools and techniques in cognitive behavioral therapy, I empower clients to develop the skills and strategies they need to overcome challenges, manage their emotions, and achieve their therapeutic goals.

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 when I observe the following indicators:

  • Increased awareness: The client demonstrates a greater awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, as well as the connections between them. They may articulate their cognitive distortions more readily and recognize patterns of thinking that contribute to distress.
  • Use of coping skills: The client actively applies the coping skills and techniques learned in therapy to manage challenging situations and regulate their emotions. They may report using cognitive restructuring to challenge negative thoughts or behavioral activation to engage in activities they previously avoided.
  • Behavioral changes: The client exhibits changes in their behaviors and habits that reflect progress towards their therapy goals. This may include increased participation in enjoyable activities, improved social interactions, or decreased engagement in maladaptive coping strategies.
  • Reduction in symptoms: The client experiences a reduction in the severity and frequency of their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive behaviors. They may report feeling less overwhelmed by their emotions and more in control of their reactions.
  • Improvement in functioning: The client demonstrates improvements in their daily functioning and quality of life, such as better performance at work or school, improved relationships, and increased engagement in meaningful activities. They may express a greater sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in their lives.
  • Feedback and collaboration: The client provides positive feedback on their therapy experience and expresses satisfaction with their progress. They may actively participate in therapy sessions, collaborate with their therapist on treatment goals, and demonstrate a willingness to explore new strategies and perspectives.
By monitoring these signs of progress and engaging in ongoing assessment and feedback with the client, I can evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and make any necessary adjustments to support continued growth and recovery.

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

Clients can supplement their time in cognitive behavioral therapy with the following activities:

  • Daily thought records: Keeping a daily thought record to track and challenge automatic negative thoughts. Clients can jot down situations that trigger distressing thoughts, identify the associated emotions and automatic thoughts, and work through them using cognitive restructuring techniques learned in therapy.
  • Behavioral experiments: Conducting behavioral experiments to test the validity of negative beliefs or predictions. Clients can design experiments to challenge their fears or assumptions, gather evidence for more balanced perspectives, and evaluate the outcomes to refine their understanding and coping strategies.
  • Homework assignments: Completing assigned homework exercises or activities provided by their therapist. This may include practicing relaxation techniques, engaging in exposure exercises, or implementing coping skills in real-life situations. Consistent practice outside of therapy sessions reinforces learning and promotes skill mastery.
  • Self-monitoring: Monitoring their mood, thoughts, and behaviors using self-monitoring tools such as mood trackers or behavioral logs. Clients can track changes over time, identify patterns and triggers, and share observations with their therapist to inform treatment planning and progress evaluation.
  • Mindfulness practices: Incorporating mindfulness meditation or mindfulness-based exercises into their daily routine. Mindfulness practices promote present-moment awareness, acceptance of difficult emotions, and nonjudgmental observation of thoughts and sensations, which can complement the cognitive restructuring techniques used in CBT.
  • Social support: Seeking support from friends, family members, or support groups who can provide encouragement, validation, and accountability. Connecting with others who understand and support their therapeutic goals can enhance motivation and resilience in the face of challenges.
  • Educational resources: Reading books, articles, or workbooks related to cognitive behavioral therapy and mental health. Clients can gain additional insight, learn new techniques, and deepen their understanding of CBT principles to support their progress in therapy.
Encouraging clients to engage in these supplemental activities outside of therapy sessions can enhance the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and promote lasting positive change.

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

To prepare for their first cognitive behavioral therapy session, an individual can take the following steps:

  • Reflect on their goals: Spend some time reflecting on what they hope to achieve through therapy. Consider the specific issues or symptoms they want to address, as well as their long-term goals for improved mental health and well-being. Clarifying their goals can help guide the direction of therapy and ensure that they get the most out of their sessions.
  • Identify specific concerns: Identify any specific concerns or challenges they want to discuss with their therapist. This may include particular thoughts, emotions, behaviors, or situations that are causing distress or difficulty. Being prepared to discuss these concerns can help facilitate a productive and focused discussion during the session.
  • Compile relevant information: Gather any relevant information or documentation that may be helpful for their therapist to know, such as previous therapy records, medical history, or medication lists. Providing this information can provide valuable context for the therapist and inform their treatment approach.
  • Prepare questions: Write down any questions or concerns they have about cognitive behavioral therapy or the therapeutic process. This can help alleviate any anxiety or uncertainty about the first session and ensure that they have a clear understanding of what to expect.
  • Establish logistics: Familiarize themselves with the logistics of therapy, including session scheduling, payment arrangements, and confidentiality policies. Clarify any questions or concerns with their therapist prior to the first session to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience.
By taking these proactive steps, an individual can feel more prepared and empowered as they embark on their journey in cognitive behavioral therapy.

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 Virginia Beach, VA 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)—Counselors and Therapists in Virginia Beach, VA

CBT is a therapeutic method that focuses on understanding and changing thought patterns. Clinical research shows that CBT can lead to significant life changes by first altering thought processes. Clients struggling with severe mental health challenges like anxiety and depression often experience substantial symptom relief through CBT. Additionally, CBT equips people with emotional and cognitive skills they can use long after therapy ends.

Contact our office today at (757) 520-0827 and schedule your CBT appointment with a Thriveworks therapist.

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Works

In a typical CBT session, therapists and clients work together to address specific relational, emotional, psychological, and/or social challenges. Clients present a wide array of challenges, and 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 focuses on the client’s response to specific situations rather than the situations themselves. For example, consider a client who feels intense guilt for not visiting their parents over a holiday weekend. Through CBT, the client learns to view the situation differently and let go of negative thoughts and feelings.

Recognizing and Changing Cognitive Distortions

Everyone experiences negative thoughts known as cognitive distortions, which can fuel unhelpful or destructive actions. The process of changing these negative thoughts into positive ones begins with recognizing them. Common cognitive distortions include:

  • “Black and white” thinking: Categorizing everything into extremes, such as good or evil.
  • Filtering: Denying positive realities and acknowledging only the negative.
  • Catastrophizing: Expecting the worst and seeing every setback as impending doom.
  • Overgeneralization: Applying one experience to all unrelated circumstances.
  • Personalization: Taking others’ actions as a direct reflection of oneself.
  • Blaming: Constantly looking to find fault, even when blame does not help.
  • Emotional reasoning: Equating emotions with external reality, such as feeling guilty and assuming wrongdoing.

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

Thriveworks Virginia Beach offers appointments for CBT, and our therapists are here to help. When you call to schedule an appointment, a scheduling specialist will assist you. New clients often have their first session within 24 hours of calling. We offer weekend and evening appointments, do not keep a waitlist, and accept most insurance plans.

If you are ready to make a change, contact Thriveworks Virginia Beach today at (757) 520-0827. Let us help you transform your thoughts and your life.

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 Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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4.7 Thriveworks Virginia Beach reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Read more I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Virginia Beach Dec 2021
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I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Read more Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Virginia Beach Jun 2021
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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.
Read more 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.
Virginia Beach Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Virginia Beach May 2020
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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.
Read more 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.
Virginia Beach Apr 2020
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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.
Read more 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.
Virginia Beach Sep 2019
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located off of S Independence Blvd, in a shopping center right by Lake Trashmore. As you enter this shopping center, you’ll pass Making a Difference Foundation, Inc. on your right. We currently share a building with Interm Healthcare of Virginia Beach, VA, and Bug-Masters.

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(757) 520-0827

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