Transform your thoughts to transform your life with CBT.

AMFM's CBT services can help you identify and change destructive thought patterns, leading to better mental health and a happier life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a practical, hands-on approach to mental health treatment that helps people identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors. The main idea is that our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all connected, and by shifting our thoughts, we can change how we feel and behave. 

CBT’s goal is to teach you effective coping strategies for dealing with struggles- strategies that don’t involve falling back into negative patterns. It can be effective with a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more.

The Science Behind CBT

The effectiveness of CBT is well known, and it’s been a mainstay in mental health for decades.  There are many research papers and clinical trials proving that CBT can be a powerful tool for achieving lasting mental health improvements. Not only that, CBT has been shown to be helpful for a wide range of mental health struggles. 

AMFM uses CBT because of its scientifically validated, evidence-based strategies and techniques, which have been refined and proven over years of research. In other words, we use it because it works.

How CBT Works

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy hinges on an important idea: the brain is changeable. The way we think, feel, and behave can be altered with the right effort and support. CBT offers you that support and demonstrates how changing your thoughts can have a big impact on how you feel and act. It’s a step-by-step process that’s all about making things better in a very doable, straightforward way.

The CBT Process Explained

CBT is structured around a series of steps that lead to change:

Each step of CBT builds upon the last to create lasting change.

Skills for Life

It’s clear that the real power of CBT lies in the practical skills its participants take away:

Resilience building becomes a key achievement, as you’re better prepared to handle life’s ups and downs.

You’ll learn not just to cope with current issues but also to anticipate and navigate future challenges.

Self-reflection and adjustment skills ensure you can maintain your mental health independently.

These skills mean that the impact of CBT extends well beyond the therapy sessions themselves. CBT hands you a mental toolkit that supports not just symptom management, but also your personal development and growth.

Benefits of CBT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you navigate life’s challenges in multiple ways:

Empowering Self-Change:

CBT gives you the chance to be an active participant in your own healing.

Broad Application:

Whether it’s anxiety, depression, stress, or phobias, CBT offers tools that work across different challenges.

Enhanced Coping Strategies:

CBT helps you strengthen your skills to deal with life’s stressors, turning tough situations into ones you can handle.

Improved Relationships:

By using new insights and communication strategies, CBT can help you build stronger relationships with others.

Increased Self-Esteem:

CBT helps increase your confidence as you overcome the negative thoughts and behaviors that once held you back.

Reduction in Negative Thoughts:

You’ll learn to catch, challenge, and change the pessimistic chatter in your mind, opening the door to a more optimistic perspective.

Research proves these benefits, and they’re accessible to people with all kinds of mental health issues.

What to Expect During CBT

At AMFM, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is about self-discovery and resilience. Here’s what to expect at each stage of CBT:

Your First CBT Session

Your first meeting will be all about laying a solid foundation for your therapy. Expect a warm, welcoming atmosphere where you’ll dive into an assessment process with your therapist. This session is crucial for setting the stage—identifying your challenges (like thought patterns you struggle with), outlining your goals, and beginning to map out your path to improvement. It’s a time for questions, getting comfortable with the process, and bonding with your therapist.

During the Sessions

In typical CBT sessions, you and your therapist will work together to identify and untangle the thoughts and behaviors that are affecting your well-being. CBT comes with a large strategy set for accomplishing this; using these strategies, you’ll explore and challenge negative patterns, replace them with positive alternatives, and practice new skills.

After CBT

CBT brings a new level of self-awareness and a toolkit full of ways to cope. You’ll notice big improvements in how you handle stress, react to challenges, and relate to others. The skills and strategies learned during therapy are yours to keep, continuing to benefit your mental health and overall quality of life for years to come. 

With CBT at AMFM, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to transform your thoughts and actions, setting you up for success.


AMFM is here to help you or your loved one take the next steps towards an improved mental well-being.

Our CBT Therapist

Meet Our Team: Introducing the qualified CBT therapists at AMFM, highlighting their expertise, compassion, and dedication to client success.

Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, ABPN


When AMFM Uses CBT

CBT is a versatile tool, but we know it’s not one-size-fits-all. Here’s how we decide when it’s the right fit and when it might be time to explore other options:

Choosing the Best Candidates for CBT

CBT shines for those ready to dive into understanding and reshaping their thought patterns—ideal for managing anxiety, depression, stress, and more. It’s great for people who are open to examining their thoughts and actively seeking change. However, there are times CBT might not be the best first step. For instance, if someone’s trauma makes it tough to step back and look at their thoughts objectively, or if they’ve tried CBT before without success or didn’t quite gel with its approach, we consider alternative methods. Our goal is to find the most effective path to healing for each individual.

Fitting Therapy to Each Client

At AMFM, we customize CBT to fit like a glove. This means adjusting our techniques to match your specific needs, goals, and life situation. Whether it’s tweaking how we tackle thought patterns or incorporating elements that resonate more deeply with you, customization is key. Our therapists are skilled at creating a personalized therapy plan that feels right for you.

CBT as Part of a Larger Treatment Plan

CBT at AMFM is only ever used as part of a wider treatment plan, alongside other therapeutic approaches to make sure everyone gets well-rounded care. We might use CBT as well as strategies like mindfulness for emotional grounding, group therapy for community support, and other specialized therapies depending on the client. The strategy helps make sure that while CBT has the primary objective of transforming thought patterns, other aspects of your well-being are nurtured at the same time. We want to make sure you get a thorough treatment experience that addresses all angles of your health.

Choosing CBT at AMFM means setting out on a supportive, personalized path to better mental health.​

Ready to take control of your thoughts and transform your life? At AMFM, we’re committed to finding the right blend of therapies, including CBT, that will help you live a happier and healthier life.