The Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
The Wright Institute Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic provides individual and group therapy using well-researched methods that have been shown to be effective for a variety of challenges. Our clinic is a training program of The Wright Institute and is staffed by student clinicians pursuing their doctoral degree (Doctorate of Clinical Psychology) who receive training and supervision from licensed psychologists.
Clinicians work with clients on issues such as:
- Generalized anxiety
- Specific phobias
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Body image and eating problems
- Emotional dysregulation
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anger problems
- Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Chronic interpersonal problems
- Body-repetitive focused behaviors
Group Therapy Offerings
We offer groups with an emphasis on teaching new coping skills every week. Groups are currently forming; please call for information about initial intake and enrollment. Here is a brief description of each of our current groups:
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This 8-week program integrates mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and gentle movement practices to assist people with a variety of life conditions. Come learn ways to increase joy and gratitude, take better care of yourself, create more balance in your life, cope with stress, worry, and illness, promote health, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve attention.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Group
DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that has shown to be effective in treating a wide range of disorders such as substance use, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. It consists of four modules of behavioral skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. The 10-week module is run like a class where the group leaders teach and assign homework to help you practice using the skills in your everyday life.
Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET)
In Emotion Efficacy Therapy (EET), you will learn skills to become more effective in how you respond to your emotions, learning to experience difficult emotions rather than being overwhelmed or controlled by them. EET also helps you identify your core values and learn to act on them in the "moment of choice," rather than acting on what your emotions tell you to do. And, EET will help you learn strategies to dial down your emotions, even when they are very intense. All these skills will empower you to experience and respond to emotions in a way that will help you create a better life.
ACT for Depression and Anxiety
Many of us begin to experience difficulty in life when we are disconnected from our values. For example, spending practically all of one's valuable time working to afford the expensive cost of living in the Bay Area is one common thing that can get you off- track. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is designed to help people re-connect with the values that matter most to them. We will help you translate these values into committed action. This group was created specifically for our Bay Area clients who so frequently suffer from depression and anxiety.
Who is Eligible?
Our clinic serves adults and adolescents of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The first floor of the building is accessible by wheelchair.
Cost of Sessions
The initial intake session for all new and returning clients is a non-refundable flat fee of $30. Individual therapy costs between $15-$60 per session, as determined by income. We currently accept cash and checks. The group rate is $12 per session.
Please call and leave a voicemail at (510) 923-2241 and provide us with times you are free for a return call. Our intake coordinator will call you to answer any questions you may have and schedule your intake. Please note, we do not offer walk-in appointments.
The Berkeley CBT Clinic is located at:
1918 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704