Treatment Approaches

At CBT Denver, we know that not every treatment approach is a perfect fit for every person and every condition. That’s why we offer a number of different treatment approaches that allow us to bring the best, most personalized care to every patient in our practice. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your challenges and goals and we will offer information about evidence-based treatments that best fit you and your desired outcomes.  Together we can develop the best treatment approach or approaches for you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Treatment - CBT Denver

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that helps people recognize when thoughts and actions are leading to negative feelings or negative consequences. The goal is acquiring skills, strategies, and tools to prevent, counter, and overcome the challenges that result from these negative feelings and consequences.

Mindfulness-Based Treatment

Mindfulness-Based Treatment is a broad term for treatments in which people are taught to pay attention to the present in a non-judgmental way in order to understand and appreciate what is going on experientially in that moment. Mindfulness skills allow us to describe and interpret our emotions so that we develop the tools to let go of worry and rumination.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)  incorporates mindfulness-based treatment, values discussion, and committed action.  ACT is effective for treating anxiety, stress, and many other problems. The core of ACT includes focus on how attempts to avoid painful thoughts or feelings lead to suffering in other ways. Through acceptance, people can learn what they truly value in their lives, disengage from unhelpful lifelong narratives, and  develop strategies for working toward that which they value most.

Behavioral Activation

Behavioral Activation (BA) focuses on the way that our behavior impacts our mood. By identifying behaviors that contribute to negative affect, people learn strategies to prevent and improve negative feelings.  

BA assists individuals in developing and maintaining structure by directly relating activities/events to mood.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) emphasizes the role that interpersonal relationships play in our moods. By analyzing and interpreting interpersonal relationships, people are given the skills to deal with many associated challenges, such as difficulties resulting from loss, conflict, changes in relationships, and even an overall lack of relationships.

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) combines the insights of IPT with the notion that maintaining an orderly rhythm of life is a powerful strategy for controlling one’s mood. It is commonly used for the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is a non-medical approach to the treatment of insomnia. By emphasizing the thoughts and behaviors that contribute to poor sleep, patients are given strategies to help them prevent and overcome sleep problems.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat individuals with suicidal and self-injurious behaviors, but its use has expanded to help patients with a wide range of challenges. The goal is to help people develop effective coping and problem-solving skills using mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Habit Reversal Training

Habit-Reversal Training (HRT) strives to give people the skills to recognize their habits and strategies to control and even eliminate these habits. A form of behavioral therapy, it is effective for tic disorders, compulsive disorders, and more.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is an evidence-based approach aimed at reducing the intensity of traumatic events, and the negative beliefs and emotions that often accompany them

VR Therapy

Cutting edge treatment for anxiety, phobias, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Virtual Reality (VR), also called Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) is where cognitive behavioral therapy meets the latest technology.  In VRET, patients are fitted with a headset and headphones and with the help of the therapist are coached to fully engage, in a controlled way, in a feared or anxiety producing situation.