Cognitive Therapy Specialist

The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling

Psychotherapy Services located in New York City, NY

When it comes to how you view and react to the world, negative thought patterns can govern your behaviors in significant ways. To break the vicious cycle of negative thoughts, Anthony Freire, MA, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, Kelley Hershman, LMHC, Kate Engstrom, LCSW, and their team at The Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling in Greenwich Village of New York City offer cognitive therapy, which helps you make your way through the world in a more positive space. To learn more about cognitive therapy, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Cognitive Therapy Q & A


What is cognitive therapy?

Cognitive therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is a psychotherapy based on the cognitive model, which means that the way individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself. The goal of CBT is to help change your unhelpful thinking and behavior in order to foster improvement in your mood and functioning.

What conditions can cognitive therapy help?

Cognitive therapy is a widely used therapy that has a number of different applications, including helping with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Anger management
  • Panic disorders
  • Social phobias
  • Eating disorders
  • Marital problems
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Self esteem issues

CBT has even been effective in helping patients cope with chronic pain, which has an appreciable mental health component.

How does cognitive therapy work?

There’s no single treatment when it comes to cognitive therapy because of the wide range of issues it’s able to address. When you first come in and sit down with one of the expert psychotherapists at The Soho Center for Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision, they thoroughly review your issues and discuss your thoughts and behaviors to come up with a treatment plan that best addresses your unique situation. The goal is to solve your problem, and to do this, the clinicians may turn to:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Compassion-focused therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Positive psychology
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy (for personality disorders)

Again, this list is by no means comprehensive, as the clinicians understand that every person is unique and their therapy needs to be, too. In some cases, a combination of approaches may work best, giving you the necessary tools to lead a happier, more positive life.

You should also expect that outside your in-office sessions, your therapist will encourage you to practice new thought and behavior patterns on your own to ensure long-term success. This “homework” is a crucial component of your treatment and allows you and your therapist to discuss any hurdles and find ways to work around them.

If you’d like to explore how cognitive therapy can help you, call The Soho Center For Mental Health Counseling & Clinical Supervision, or request a consultation online.