October 17, 2006

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia - List of US Providers

With the help of Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D. at the Massachusetts General Hospital Schizophrenia Program, we have pulled together a list of all the US psychologists and psychiatrists (we could find) who focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for schizophrenia and psychosis. To learn more about CBT for schizophrenia - visit the MassGeneral Schizophrenia Web site (click here)

As we have reported in the past - CBT for Schizophrenia is proving helpful as a complementary treatment for schizophrenia. Recent stories covering schizophrenia treatment with CBT can be found at the links below:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches for schizophrenia
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis and Substance Abuse
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy use expanding in England
Harvard on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Schizophrenia
New Book: "Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts"

Scroll down for the list of all the US medical professionals (that we are aware of) who offfer CBT for schizophrenia.


Program Name

Services Offered

Contact Information

What is Available

Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital Schizophrenia Program

Individual CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Corinne Cather, Ph.D. & Jennifer Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Freedom Trail Clinic
25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617.912.7833

Standard CBT outpatient treatment and research CBT programs available

Boston, MA

Massachusetts General Hospital

Depression Program

Individual CBT for Depression with Psychotic Features

Paola Pedrelli, Ph.D. & John Matthews, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617.724.3678

Standard CBT outpatient treatment and research CBT inpatient programs available

Jamaica Plain, MA

Massachusetts Mental Health Center

Group CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Robert Goisman, M.D.
Massachusetts Mental Health Center
180 Morton Street
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.626.9549

Group CBT in Partial Hospital Program available

Manchester, NH


Cambridge, MA

Westbridge Community Services

Individual CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Lois Hollow, ARNP, BC
Westbridge Community Services
1361 Elm Street, Suite 207
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: 603.634.4446
Westbridge Community Services
90 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA


Standard CBT through residential program and assertive community treatment program available in NH. Private pay program.

Standard Individual CBT outpatient treatment currently being developed at site in Cambridge, MA

Brooklyn, NY

State University of NY (SUNY) Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Kings County Hospital Outpatient Services

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Michael Garrett, MD (SUNY)

Page Burkholder, MD (Kings County)

Peter Weiden, MD (Schizophrenia Research Service)

State University of NY Psychiatry Department
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 718-270-2022

Standard CBT inpatient and outpatient treatment available

CBT outpatient treatment in private practice available through Dr. Garrett

CBT research opportunities available through Dr. Weiden

Manhattan, NY

David Kimhy, Ph.D.

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

David Kimhy, Ph.D.
171 West 79th Street, Suite #2
New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212.330.7699


Standard CBT outpatient treatment in private practice available

Manhattan, NY and Westchester, NY

Yulia, Landa, Psy.D.

Cornell Physicians Organization

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Yulia Landa, Psy.D.
215 East 68th Street
New York, NY

21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY
Phone: 646.825.1000

Standard individual and group CBT outpatient treatment in private practice available

Philadelphia, PA

Neal Stolar, M.D., Ph.D.

CBT for Psychotic Disorders
Neal Stolar, M.D., Ph.D.
1 Bacton Hill North, Suite 207
Frazer, PA 19355-1047
Phone: 610.202.8511

Standard individual outpatient treatment in private practice available.

Cherry Hill, NJ

UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine Psychiatry Department

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Narsimha Pinninti, M.D.
Dept of Psychiatry, UMDNJ-SOM
Suite 100
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Phone: 856.482.9365

Research CBT programs available.

San Diego, CA

Univ California, San Diego Medical Center


San Diego Veterans Administration Healthcare System

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Eric Granholm, Ph.D.
UC-San Diego and San Diego VA Healthcare
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
Phone: 858.552.8585 ext. 7768

Standard individual and group CBT and research CBT programs available for eligible veterans through San Diego VA and non-veterans through UCSD

Los Angeles, CA

Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration Healthcare System

CBT for Psychotic Disorders

Elizabeth Gilbert, Ph.D.
West Lost Angeles VA Medical Center
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90073
Phone: 310.478.3711 ext.40474

Standard CBT programs for eligible veterans available.

Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Gilbert, Ph.D.

CBT for psychotic disorders

Elizabeth Gilbert, Ph.D.
Brentwood area of Los Angeles, CA
Phone: 310.465.9310


Standard CBT outpatient treatment in private practice available.


This is a sorry statement. To get help for my son, it looks like I have to move to LA, Boston, or one of the other states in the mere handful of states who happen to have a handful of doctors willing to walk the talk that's been talked about for long enough! CBT for schizophrenia ought to be widely available. And, I don't believe you need a PHD, a medical degree, or even a background in psych to go into practice and administer it professionally. You do need, empathy, patience, love, logic, and a funding source.

Given the size of the target audience (10% or more of the US population), this is a business as big as professional training for managers that is just waiting to happen.

What does a person in Virginia need to do to get someone in the Washington DC area, to get on board and offer something more than just medication management for what is obviously a more common disease than most people care to admit, schizophrenia.

Maybe it's time to start a joint venture with someone and get a national program off the ground and running? Hmmmm ... with a grant from????

Posted by: DJR at October 22, 2006 11:47 PM

cognitive behavior therapy is very easy to implement and doesn''t require a trained person, though the full suite of cbt has to be adapted quite heavily for use with people with cognitive disabilities (as schizophrenics have). there is no need to move to a state where it is offered, not in the least. in fact, most therapists familiar with schizophrenics use aspects of cbt in their therapy offered to schizophrenics, plus many other even more useful techniques developed strictly for schizophrenics and tailored to their cognitive problems (which often make pure cbt difficult). read mueser and gingerich's books for practical, sensible examples and techniques a therapist, family member or friend can use. redirection, practical counseling and communication skills, in other words, a more wholistic approach than cbt alone, i feel is far more effective. what you need to avoid is a psychodynamic approach that confuses and upsets people with cognitive disabilities and just makes them more confused and paranoid. there are many therapists and counselors in each state of the us and in most countries, that are very familiar with the needs of schizophrenics and can provide practical, sensible help. most of my folks are provided with therapists by the county agencies for the homeless, only after they get into a lot of trouble or are arrested, the problem for most people is getting access to ANY supportive counseling, without having to get arrested or get into trouble. for individuals not using agencies, it is a battle as always for families to get private insurance and local agencies to provide adequate treatment, no matter what sort of counseling they prefer.

Posted by: slc2 at October 24, 2006 09:03 AM

Response to slc2's comment on my comment. My son has insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is not in trouble with the law, and doesn't need to be hospitalized.

About a year ago, I contacted over 100 providers on the preferred provider list and failed to find anyone experienced in dealing with SZ who does anything other than medication management. Those who were taking patients at all and might see him for therapy .. either didn't do CBT or CRT and weren't aware that this was a recommended therapy for SZ.

So, again I plead ... WHO in the DC area has the experience to do this right???? Or should I just try out each therapist in the provider directory ... say, in alphabetical order ... until we find something that seems right???? Doing the wrong thing can do harm ... now what. Sigh.

Posted by: DJR at July 4, 2007 11:09 PM

My 20 year old son has recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Prior to that he had a drug problem we know see as self medication. He has been in and out of drug rehabs and psych hospitals and is in an Outpatient Program now I am not totally happy with. We live in Chester, NH. They are largely concentrating on his meds. I am searching for good cognitive therapy treatment. Can you help us?

Posted by: suzanne uncles at November 12, 2007 02:56 PM

I am trying to locate my sister, TOMMASINA poole or alias Tommie Jean, 69-71 yrs old. She is being treated in Washington DC anyone know how, or who i can contact I lost all records in a fire recently. Thanks bg poole

Posted by: Bobbie G Poole at March 28, 2008 02:45 PM

Still waiting. Also, 2nd comment on SIC2 comment above. I called all blue cross preferred provider therapists within 25 miles of my home in Arlington VA. Of those who returned my call, all were either not accepting new patients, no longer worked with blue cross, had little or no experience with SZ, or did not work with SZ patients. The only therapists out there in this area are apparently the ones that do not accept insurance at all. Not only do you still not list anyone in this list for my area .... there are increasingly fewer therapists willing to accept insurance. My son will be 21 next month. No delusions, no drug or law problems - but still no therapy. He remains a virtual shutin and crippled by the negative symptoms of SZ which I AM CERTAIN he can be helped with. We're going to turn to orthomolecular medicine for help now ... if I can afford it (another thing insurance companies don't pay for). Sigh

Posted by: DJR at April 6, 2008 03:40 AM

I am looking for an in-network blue cross/blue shield provider that uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and orthomolecular medicine in the treament of schizophrenia in the metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia area.

Posted by: Jay McEachern at April 28, 2008 05:13 AM

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