What is CBT

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a group of psychotherapeutic interventions that aim to explore and modify the relationships between cognitions (thoughts), behaviors (actions), and emotions (feelings) as a way to help people face and overcome life’s challenges. While there are many different types of CBT, most approaches put a primary emphasis on modifying a person’s thoughts and conclude that therapeutic change is accomplished, at least in part, by teaching people how to think in a more adaptive (or effective) manner. These changes in thinking have subsequent effects on an individual’s emotions and behaviors, thus reducing those symptoms (e.g, depression, anxiety, addiction, etc.) that are at the core of a person’s distress and difficulties.

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Why Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

While it is difficult to draw definitive conclusions when it comes to researching psychological and emotional phenomena, Cognitive Behavior Therapy is by far the most researched and empirically validated treatment today. Furthermore, Cognitive Behavior Therapy is proven to be most useful in treating anxiety and depression, two conditions that seem to pop their ugly heads up everywhere, thus making Cognitive Behavior Therapy useful in addressing a wide-array of presenting concerns.

We want the individuals we serve to have a clear idea of what we are doing and why we are doing it in therapy. While everyone has thoughts, feelings, and behaviors it is far easier to identify, explore, and modify one’s thoughts and behaviors. This is not to say that emotions are not important for they are perhaps most important in the grand scheme of things. A Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach to treatment simply takes a look at an individual’s experience through the lens of their thoughts and behaviors. Ultimately, entering therapy can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what to expect. The transparency and ease of understanding associated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help calm any uncertainties.

This may just be a personal preference of ours, but we value practicality. Cognitive Behavior Therapy has a well-researched theoretical base, but in treatment what takes precedence is what is currently taking place in an individual’s life and what can be done to make desired changes. Achieving greater insight is a worthwhile pursuit, but we’re more concerned with helping people put that greater insight to use.

We believe in the adage, “It is a therapist’s goal to work themselves out of a job.” At Mindly, we understand that the reason why people come to therapy is because they are looking for help in escaping some sort of distress. We want to help you feel better as soon as possible while also setting you up for long-term success.

At Mindly, we do not delude ourselves into thinking that we know how to solve every problem that our clients experience or that we can somehow lead an individual down a path towards “enlightenment” or “self-actualization” (think Gandhi). Instead, we strive to assist individuals overcome specific obstacles that may be in their self-defined path towards whatever larger end they choose to pursue. Why? Self-actualization is life-long process, whereas therapy shouldn’t have to be.
CBT works well within a problem-solving/coaching framework and is not just for treating mental illness. We believe that while there is such a thing as mental illness, most of the distress and dysfunction that people (including those with a mental illness) experience is the result of ineffectively utilized mental and behavioral responses to environmental demands. In this sense, mental illness becomes just another obstacle to overcome in pursuit of one’s goals. Because thoughts, emotions, and behaviors underlie all human conscious experience, CBT can be useful in a wide-range of human pursuits including improving physical health, career advancement, and even spirituality.

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THERAPISTS & COUNSELORS

All clinicians at Mindly are fully licensed to practice counseling and psychotherapy in the state of North Carolina.

Stephanie Phillips LCMHC

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATIONS:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Renee Smusz LCSW

RENEE SMUSZ, LCSW

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
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Jasmine Potts LCMHC

JASMINE POTTS, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD  (7 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Laura Pond LCMHC

LAURA POND, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD  (10 – 17) CARY
ADOLESCENT (14 – 17) RALEIGH
ADULTS

LOCATIONS: 
RALEIGH, CARY & ONLINE

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Barbara Garrett LCSW

BARBARA GARRETT, LCSW

THERAPIST

ADOLESCENT (14 – 17)
ADULTS

COUPLES

LOCATIONS:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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John von der Lehr LCSW

JOHN VON DER LEHR, LCSW

THERAPIST
ADULTS

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Jennifer Freifeld LCSW

JENNIFER FREIFELD, LCSW

THERAPIST 
ADULTS

LOCATIONS:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Ty Kays LCMHCS

TY KAYS, LCMHCS

THERAPIST 
CHILD (7-11)
ADOLESCENT (12-17)
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Connie Lancaster LCMHC

CONNIE LANCASTER, LCMHC

THERAPIST
ADOLESCENT ( 14 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Gregory Linares LMFTA

GREGORY LINARES, LMFTA

THERAPIST

CHILD (8 – 11)
ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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A Todd Lindsey LCMHC

A. TODD LINDSEY, LCMHC

THERAPIST 
CHILD (8 – 11) RALEIGH

CHILD (10-17) CARY

ADOLESCENT (12 – 17)
ADULTS
COUPLES

LOCATIONS: 
CURRENTLY ONLINE ONLY

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Funmi Ajani LCMHCA

FUNMI AJANI, LCMHCA

THERAPIST 
CHILD (5 – 12)
FAMILIES

LOCATION:
RALEIGH & ONLINE

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Lauren-Sweetman-LCMHCA

LAUREN SWEETMAN, LCMHCA

THERAPIST 
COUPLES
ADULTS

LOCATION:
CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING CLIENTS

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