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Thank you for your interest in visiting my web site. I would like to inform individuals seeking psychotherapy services that I am not currently accepting new clients.

If you would like to find a cognitive behavioral therapist you may consider visiting the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies site at ABCT.org and use the “Find a Therapist” feature to locate a therapist in your area. You can also contact me if you wish to discuss a referral.

This is the web site for my psychotherapy practice in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. I am involved in the clinical practice of cognitive behavioral therapy (also commonly known as “cognitive therapy”) and provide clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy to other therapists. In my private practice, I currently specialize in working with adults individually. The format of the psychotherapy sessions is generally 50-minute weekly meetings although phone sessions or lengthier sessions may sometimes also be incorporated into the therapeutic plan. Generally, cognitive behavioral therapy is a focused, relatively short-term approach. However, depending on the client’s presenting difficulties, goals, and preferences, CBT may also be longer term. My office is part of a lovely psychotherapy suite in a professional building on San Vicente Boulevard. Please call (310) 465-9310 to reserve an appointment or request further information.

Why choose cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown in clinical trials to be particularly effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders (including post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and phobias), substance abuse and eating disorders as well as many other types of fears and problems. While CBT can be as effective or more effective than medication alone in the treatment of depression and other problems, some clients choose to combine CBT with medication. CBT is particularly helpful in preventing relapse after therapy ends as clients learn self-help methods during therapy.

More information about the therapy services offered by Dr. Gilbert

I chose to obtain extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy because of the research demonstrating its effectiveness. The positive results that I have seen with the clients with whom I have worked reinforce my decision to employ this model of therapy. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I work to understand and help clarify collaboratively with the client the client’s interpretation of him- or her- self and worldview, and what it means to change. I view therapy as an opportunity for clients to examine and experiment with new ways of thinking, acting, and feeling. I offer my clients support and encouragement, and acceptance of who they are as unique individuals. I see the process of self-acceptance as a means of enhancing one’s life journey and as a vital element of personal growth.

I have employed CBT in working with individuals coping with a broad range of life challenges and mental health problems. At this time I am limiting my private practice to working with individuals with the following types of problems:

  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Healthy Weight Loss
  • Substance abuse and dependence/Other addiction issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Insomnia