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New patients: Please call the Psychiatry Intake Line to be placed on our wait list.
The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program, directed by Susan Sprich, PhD, brings together highly experienced psychologists and interns from throughout the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital who specialize in the use of CBT for the treatment of psychiatric disorders and medical issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be a highly effective form of treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders and health concerns. Mass General prides itself on its dedication to providing state-of-the-art treatment to patients in the CBT Program.
The CBT Program provides clinical treatments and education for many psychiatric disorders and medical issues, including:
Our clinicians collaborate on leading edge CBT research. The research conducted by the CBT Program is funded by grants from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other agencies. The CBT program also serves an educational purpose, with training provided through the Mass General/Harvard Medical School Internship in Clinical Psychology, postdoctoral training positions and post-graduate psychology training through Mass General’s Psychiatry Academy.
Our program prioritizes the strong bond between the therapist and patient. Learn more about the unique and effective treatment our program offers.
Our staff is made up of highly experienced psychologists, postdoctoral fellows and interns dedicated to helping patients through both clinical services and research.
The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Elective enables interns to gain experience practicing CBT in a clinical research setting.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) consists of two components:
Behavioral techniques include:
CBT is very structured and goal-oriented and requires a joint effort between the therapist and patient. Development of this collaborative relationship is key. This means that both the patient and therapist must take an active role in understanding the patient’s issues, identifying the goals to be accomplished through treatment and working to reach these goals.
Your CBT therapist will begin by conducting a detailed assessment of problems and symptoms and then determine what you hope to gain in treatment. You will work together with your therapist to develop a personal, individualized treatment plan with those goals in mind. A specific agenda, with various techniques and concepts, is set for every session.
To obtain significant improvement with CBT, motivation is vital. CBT requires a great deal of commitment and effort from both parties. It is important for the patient to give feedback—both positive and negative—at each therapy session. This allows the therapist to alter the speed, style and content of future sessions to meet the specific needs of the individual patient.
Patients will also be given many “homework” assignments to complete outside of therapy sessions. These tasks are assigned to reinforce the skills learned during the sessions. While participating in CBT requires a great deal of work and energy, the outcomes can be extraordinary.
CBT Program Director
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Kristen Ellard, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital offers a predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology to matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs. This program includes an elective in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that provides interns with valuable experience in clinical settings per to the scientist-practitioner model
In this elective, interns receive intensive training designed to provide:
Learn more about the CBT Elective
Learn more about the Internship in Clinical Psychology
The Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital also offers treatment for specific conditions through a variety of clinical and research programs:
Behavioral Medicine Program
Bipolar Clinic & Research Program
Center for Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program
Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program
Depression Clinical & Research Program
Eating Disorders Clinical & Research Program
OCD Clinic and Related Disorders Program
Wang Building, 8th Floor, Room 81515 Parkman StreetBoston, MA 02114
Please call the Psychiatry Intake Line (617-724-7792) and ask to be placed on the CBT wait list.
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