At Atlanta CBT, we partner with clients (ages 12+ years) to provide private, specialized, & personalized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and general CBT skills infused with mindfulness training, skills borrowed from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy (IPT) and a warm collaborative guiding style for:
- OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)
- TRAUMA AND POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
- BODY-FOCUSED REPETITIVE BEHAVIORS (hair pulling/trichotillomania & skin picking/excoriation & nail biting)
We also have the experience and understanding needed to help clients with other challenges like grief and loss; drinking/drug use; binge eating; chronic pain; managing or adjusting to injury or chronic medical or health issues; relationship difficulties; parenting; racial stress and anti-racism; and career or school concerns. We especially enjoy working with creative types, executives, professionals, and students. All therapists at Atlanta CBT are LGBTQ+ affirming and we strive to provide culturally-affirming care for our clients.
In addition to therapy offered on an individual basis, we offer parent training for parents wishing to gain skills necessary to guide children with anxiety and or positive discipline. Further, we offer couples and family therapy for the purpose of enhancing individual therapy by involving the couple or family system when useful and desired by clients.
CBT is referred to as “evidence-based” because researchers find it to be effective for many people.
CBT is usually short term and can often work in 6-25 sessions; some clients come back for “booster sessions” every once in a while after they complete a course of therapy. Some of clients stay in therapy for longer amounts of time, especially if they have a particularly severe and “sticky” symptoms and or if they get relief from their primary concerns but then find other issues they wish to work on.
Researchers continue to refine CBT. Atlanta CBT’s Owner and Director, Dr. Leah Farrell-Carnahan, Ph.D., is a former clinical researcher, as are Dr. Julia Buch Wamstad, Psy.D., Dr. Nathan Mascaro, Ph.D, ABPP, and Dr. M. Kathleen Holmes, Ph.D. All therapists at Atlanta CBT stay up-to-date on new treatment developments so you can get treatment that works.
While specific CBT techniques and strategies are often necessary components of an effective therapy experience, the relationship between the therapist and client is equally essential. When selecting a therapist, you want both– tools and a good relationship. This is what we seek to provide. We do not apply a one-size-fits-all CBT approach. Rather, we collaborate with clients to determine the most efficient and effective ways to engage them in the process of reflection and change, all the while fostering a sense of emotional safety infused with challenge needed to grow. In other words, we appreciate the creation of a strong therapeutic relationship and work to enable clients to set goals, build insight and mindful awareness, and step into a space of vulnerability where they often delight in the process of testing and stretching their limits, emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally.
Please peruse our website to learn more about what we may be able to offer you and our professional backgrounds. If you are interested in becoming a new patient, please submit a new patient inquiry form. Feel free to contact Dr. Farrell-Carnahan directly by phone or or to discuss setting up a complementary initial consultation.