Cognitive Therapy Program - Clinical Services

Clinical Services

Clinical services are offered through the EVMS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Patients can elect to see faculty or trainees depending on their preferences and resources. However, all patients seen at the Cognitive Therapy Program receive cognitive therapy.

What is Cognitive Therapy?

Cognitive therapy (CBT), developed by Aaron Beck, M.D., is based on the concept that how we think about situations influences our emotions, physical reactions and behavior. Individuals learn how to evaluate and challenge their distressing thoughts related to negative moods, e.g., depression, anxiety, and irritability. Problem solving and behavior change are also emphasized.

How are appointments made?

Office hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Appointments are scheduled at 446-5888 by requesting services through the Cognitive Therapy Program.

What are therapy sessions like?

At the first visit, patients complete patient information and consent forms, as well as brief mood questionnaires. Then, an evaluation is conducted to determine whether cognitive therapy would be beneficial. If so, at the onset of each subsequent session the therapist asks the patient about their mood and goals for treatment. The sessions focus on discussing problems identified and assessing the accuracy of the beliefs the patient has about these problems. New skills for coping with problems are taught and practiced in day to day life. The therapy involves active participation on the part of the patient and therapist.

What is the financial policy?

Payment is expected at the time of the appointment. Our office accepts assignment of insurance benefits, but patients are responsible for deductibles and co-payments. Uninsured patients can request to be seen by trainees at a reduced fee.