Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) located in Westport, CT

If you struggle with any mental health disorder, cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective treatments to help you overcome your challenges. At my practice, Joan Oppenheim, PsyD, LLC, in Westport, Connecticut, I provide strategies and techniques using cognitive behavioral therapy, giving you the tools to thrive. Don’t delay treatment. Call or use the online booking tool today. For your convenience, you can schedule a telehealth appointment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Q&A

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a widely practiced and evidence-based form of psychotherapy. I use CBT to address and alleviate my patients’ psychological issues by examining and helping them modify patterns of thinking and behavior. 

The therapy operates on the principle that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected, influencing one another. 

CBT has been defended as the current gold standard in psychotherapy, making it one of the most effective therapeutic approaches in the field.

What issues can cognitive behavioral therapy address?

CBT is effective in treating various psychological conditions, including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Certain types of personality disorders

Conditions that CBD can treat aren’t limited to the list above. I provide an accurate diagnosis and a personalized, effective treatment plan.

How does cognitive behavioral therapy work?

CBT works by identifying and challenging negative or irrational thoughts and beliefs that can cause you to have distressed emotions or dysfunctional behaviors. Together, we collaboratively analyze thought patterns, examine their accuracy, and explore their impact on your feelings and actions. 

You can replace harmful thought patterns with more rational and constructive ones through cognitive restructuring, behavioral experiments, and homework assignments.

In addition, to reduce anxiety and facilitate behavioral change, behavioral interventions involve gradual exposure to feared or avoided situations.

What are the benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy?

CBT offers many benefits, such as providing you with practical tools and coping strategies you can use independently beyond therapy sessions. This empowerment gives you a sense of control over your thoughts and behaviors. 

CBT is typically time-limited and goal-oriented, often yielding faster results compared to other forms of therapy. It also equips you with lifelong skills to manage stress, cope with challenges, and prevent relapses of your mental health issues. Moreover, CBT can be adapted for different age groups and diverse cultural backgrounds, making it versatile and widely accessible.

To learn more about this highly sought-after and valuable form of therapy, use the online scheduling tool to book online or call the office. Telehealth sessions are available, too.

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Psychologist located in Westport, CT, serving Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT, and Westchester County, NY

My  practice is based in Westport, Connecticut but serves all of Fairfied County and I conduct telehealth therapy for those in New York and Westchester County. I built my practice with an emphasis on high quality patient care and experience with  a particular emphasis on communication and responsiveness. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a patient's care and to bear witness during their vunerable times while they seek help.

I earned a BA from Yale College-Yale University, an MA from Teachers College-Columbia University and earned my doctoral degree at  the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. 

I underwent further training through a predoctoral internship at Clifford-Beers Child Guidance Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Consortium, a postdoctoral residency at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. I am a member of an organization called Give an Hour which  provides theraputic services to service members, vets and their families and I have served as a Special Master for the Conneticut Judicidary as well as consulted with local schools.

My practice is dedicated to working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them make essential changes to improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life. I seek to empower patients with solution-focused approaches guiding them through challenging situations and relationships within a warm, constructive, and confidential environment that restores balance in their lives.

I help patients achieve hope, problem-solving skills to use in the future and personal empowerment for those facing anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I also provide  therapy for individuals, couples who are experiencing the challenges of infidelity, marital discord, divorce and the accompanying changes for themselves and their families.  I specialize in parental education to address issues concerning children as well as providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

To book an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today. Telehealth is available and I offer a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.