Drs. Hirshfeld-Becker and Henin
Child CBT program co-directors Dr. Dina Hirshfeld-Becker and Dr. Aude Henin.

CBT works on reducing emotional distress and psychological symptoms by changing underlying factors, including negative thoughts or errors in interpretation, unhelpful coping strategies, and behaviors that may inadvertently reinforce these feelings and symptoms. The goals of CBT are to teach new coping skills and to provide opportunities, both in session and between sessions to practice these skills.

Skills typically taught in CBT include identifying and modifying negative patterns of thinking, developing problem-solving skills, mastering relaxation and deep breathing, learning to pair feared situations with calm feelings instead of anxious feelings, improving social interactions, and improving parent-child interactions. A great deal of research supports the use of CBT with children, adolescents, and young adults. For youth with mild-to-moderate symptoms, CBT alone can result in significant improvement, and for youth with more severe symptoms, CBT in conjunction with medication can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms and improvements in functioning.

CBT is also extremely useful because it has the potential to be widely disseminated. Because most CBT interventions are summarized in treatment manuals, they can be implemented in a systematic manner by different clinicians. With some training and supervision, most clinicians can learn to effectively use CBT techniques in their own practice. Moreover, there is recent evidence that CBT can also be effectively administered via modalities such as the internet, increasing its potential for widespread use and administration.

New Patients

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of requests for care, we are temporarily restricting our services to patients with an existing Mass. General Hospital affiliation.

Please fill out our intake form conveniently online. The information you fill in will be sent securely to our office and will help us to better serve your healthcare needs.

If you are seeking care for your child and cannot wait a week to hear back from us, we are most likely not the appropriate referral for your child. If your child needs urgent psychiatric care, we would advise you to contact your nearest emergency room, or to talk to your child's pediatrician about referral to a clinician who might be able to evaluate them sooner.

Contact us

Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program
151 Merrimac St., 3rd floor
Boston, MA 021114
Phone: (617) 643-9898

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Our Approach

The Child CBT Program integrates state-of-the-art clinical care for youth ages 3-24 years with training, dissemination and research. We provide the following services:

Meet Our Staff
Our staff is dedicated to helping patients as well as finding new ways to improve treatments.

Learn more:

  • Conditions and diseases
    CBT has been used very effectively to treat a range of disorders in children, adolescents, and adults
  • News, Events and Resources
    Recent news on clinical developments and research on CBT and this program
  • How you can help
    You can make a personalized donation to the Child CBT Clinic via our personalized gifts page through the MGH Development Office.

We now offer an intensive cognitive-behavioral therapy program for youth (ages 8-24 years) with moderate to severe symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Learn more about this program.


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