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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT & CBT-I) 

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy Farmington Hills

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is probably what most people think of when they think of therapy. 

It’s a traditional method focused on the connection between the way we think, how we feel, and how we react. In a nutshell, it’s not the things that happen to us that are the problem, it’s the way we think about them that causes us to feel depressed and anxious, or struggle in our lives and relationships.

In CBT, clients focus on identifying the thought patterns that are causing distress, and identifying alternatives in order to feel better. CBT believes in structured homework to root out thoughts that interfere with living your best life. For example, let’s say someone’s car breaks down and their thought is “Bad things always happen to me!”. Then, the therapist and that client would focus on the thought, go through all the evidence supporting or opposing that thought, and the impact it all has on the client’s wellbeing. Does keeping the thought get the client closer to where they want to be? Probably not. So, together they work to identify a way to reframe the thought or replace it with an alternative thought that gets the client closer to living the life they want and deserve.

CBT is well-studied and can be very helpful, but may feel very familiar to those who have been to therapy in the past. That’s okay! Our therapists have varied toolkits; let them know if CBT isn’t a fit for you. Tip: They’ve heard it before and they get it.  

Here at Bright Spot we will use every tool at our disposal to create an individual roadmap for you using therapy that works to meet your needs.

What is CBT Effective in Treating?

CBT is well documented in effectively treating:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • relationship issues
  • bipolar disorder
  • addiction issues

Bright Spot Therapists that Specialize in CBT & CBT-I

Andrea Nitzkin
Andi is a licensed therapist committed to working with individuals, couples, and families. Her clinical interests lie in partnering with her clients to help them overcome anxiety, depression, painful experiences, family and relationship conflicts, and to navigate life transitions.
Autumn Martin, LMSW
Autumn's approach to therapy is utilizing your strengths to assist you in reaching your personal goals for a more balanced and fulfilling life.  She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), for those of you interested in addressing trauma.
Carolyn Thao Phan, LMSW
Carolyn offers culturally sensitive therapy for BIPOC individuals navigating identity, family expectations, and generational trauma. With over 20 years of experience and fluency in Vietnamese, she helps clients address challenges like anxiety and depression, guiding them towards healing and resilience using evidence-based therapies like CBT and ACT.
Ginger Houghton Lmsw Caadc Profile
Ginger is quirky and open and will help you embrace your inner magic. She has specialized training in anxiety, substance use, insomnia, and chronic pain. She created Bright Spot Therapy for those looking for a comprehensive approach to their mental health.
Holly Snell Lmsw
Holly has clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, stress/anger management, relationships, emotional dysregulation, and specializes in working with individuals and families who have experienced grief, trauma, spiritual trauma, and adjustment issues.
Irene Ivanac Llmsw
Irene helps clients move from the darkest place by finding pinpoints of light, through humor, and body-brain connection. She works with clients who are navigating major relationship changes, grief and loss, and experiencing the anxiety and depression that comes with all of those things.
Jamie A. Night, LLMSW
Jamie helps trauma survivors create and streamline the vision they have for their lives by bridging the communication gap between who they are now, parts of themselves that may not be heard, and how past trauma is currently affecting their everyday lives.
Jen Nyberg Headshot
Jen is empathic, pragmatic and skilled at what she does. Her unique blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Brainspotting, Polyvagal Modalities and Somatic Therapy facilitates the empowerment of clients who have experienced a sense of immobilization, instilling in them the confidence and capacity to progress confidently.
Kristin Barnett Lmsw
Kristin is a certified grief specialist and also certified in clinical hypnosis for treating stress, anxiety, sleep issues and physical problems such as IBS. She combines talk therapy with CBT, mindfulness, hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation and compassion-focused techniques.
Lynn Keidan, LMSW, CAADC
Lynn has over 25 years experience, specializing in anxiety, depression, codependency and substance abuse. Her gentle approach blends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR, and Insight Oriented therapies. 
Madison Marcus Paddison Lmsw
Nearly a decade of experience in the mental health field has afforded Madison the opportunity to work with individuals coping with anxiety, depression, perfectionism, and family conflict. She takes an eclectic approach and uses a variety of modalities to empower her clients with the tools they need to find a stronger sense of emotional wellbeing.
Megan Fordon Llmsw Headshot
Megan is dedicated to providing holistic, trauma-informed care to girls and young women. She specializes in overcontrolled personalities, anxiety and depressive disorders, relationship issues, emotional abuse, and low self-esteem. She has experience offering several different therapeutic interventions, including CBT, DBT, and RO-DBT.
Rachel Freedland
Rachel believes that the intent of therapy is to partner with her clients, enabling them -in a non-judgmental way- to clarify and actualize their dreams and goals, giving voice to their unique personal character and needs.

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