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A guide for Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Mental Health Professionals


This section of the Web site, which is dedicated to serving children and adolescents, was made possible by the generous support of the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Cognitive Therapy (CT) has been scientifically demonstrated in hundreds of clinical studies to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental and behavioral health disorders for adults, older adults, children, and adolescents. Below is a list of disorders for which CT has been demonstrated to be effective for children and adolescents.

  • Depression (among adolescents and depressive symptoms among children)
  • Anxiety disorders
    • Separation anxiety
    • Avoidant disorder
    • Overanxious disorder
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Phobias
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Conduct disorder (oppositional-defiant disorder)
  • Distress due to medical procedures (e.g., cancer)
  • Recurrent abdominal pain
  • Physical complaints not explained by a medical condition (Somatoform disorders)
  • Chronic pain 

Children and Adolescents

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Children and Adolescents Suggested Readings PDF (33.35 KB) Administration 12/18/2016