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What is CBT?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment that helps individuals learn how to recognize and change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior, and to manage their negative emotions. CBT is an evidence-based treatment which has been supported by decades of scientific research. It is often a short-term treatment that is focused on learning and applying coping skills for managing mental health issues and daily life.

What is group CBT?

CUCARD provides cognitive behavioral group therapy for anxiety, mood and related disorders. During treatment, patients typically participate in small groups of approximately 5-7 people for 90-minute sessions. Groups are mixed gender and are available for a variety of ages including children, adolescents, college students, young adults, and adults. Each group is short term, often lasting for 12-16 weeks. Group treatment is available for a variety of anxiety disorders, social skills, and mood disorders, and builds upon many of the skills learned in individual CBT. Group CBT is particularly effective for individuals who are experiencing difficulty with social anxiety disorder or have other issues occurring in social contexts.

How does your intake process work?

At CUCARD we offer a comprehensive evaluation that results in a better understanding of the ways that environmental, psychological, and biological factors have contributed to current problems in functioning. Additionally, we outline specific recommendations for treatment and therapeutic goals.
For adults, initial assessments usually involve completion of a background questionnaire, assessment forms, and a diagnostic interview that lasts approximately 90 minutes to two hours. With the individual's consent, we also speak to other treatment providers or relevant family members (e.g., parents of young adults, spouse) who may be able to offer other insights and observations to assist in the assessment or treatment planning
For children and teens, our intake is completed over two separate meetings, one involving parents and a separate meeting with the child or teenager. As with adult evaluations, we ask both parents and their children to complete a background questionnaire and assessment forms. Each meeting lasts approximately 90 minutes to two hours.  At times, we conduct observations of the child and/or parent engaging in a problem solving task or challenging situation, in order to better understand the child's concerns. In addition, we may ask to speak with school personnel if the child is having difficulty in school. 
Each evaluation determines eligibility for treatment at CUCARD and does not guarantee treatment at our clinic. If at the conclusion of our evaluation we determine you or your child would be better suited for treatment elsewhere, we will provide appropriate referrals and recommendations for those services.

How long does CBT last?

In general, CBT is a short-term and goal-oriented treatment. However, the length and duration of treatment depends on several factors, including but not limited to the severity of the presenting concern, presence of additional concerns, attendance, motivation for treatment, adherence to treatment and ability to collaborate with your clinician. We can provide a better estimate of the length of treatment after an evaluation.

Do you take insurance? Do you know of places that take my insurance?

We do not accept any insurance. All services are fee-for-service and payment is required at time of service. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to determine parameters of reimbursement that may or may not apply.

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