Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Gagandeep Singh, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Adult Psychiatrist located in Freehold, NJ & Monroe Township, NJ

Whether depression and anxiety are taking their toll on your life or you want to improve your coping mechanisms, Gagandeep Singh, MD in Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, can help. Board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and general adult psychiatry, Dr. Singh uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address a wide range of issues, from improving mood and anxiety symptoms to helping you adhere to your mental health treatment plan and behavior modification. If you think you could benefit from CBT, don’t wait to contact Dr. Singh. Call the office today or book your appointment online now.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Q & A

What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on how your thoughts impact your feelings and actions. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy with a large body of research evidence supporting its use.

Instead, Dr. Singh has you focus on action steps you can take to change your thoughts about particular matters, and then learn to recognize how modifying those thoughts changes the way you feel and act. CBT isn’t necessarily concerned about why those thoughts are there and instead focuses on the present and what’s in your control (your thoughts).

During CBT therapy sessions, Dr. Singh often asks a lot of questions. He’s not expecting a specific, “right” answer, but guides you through the process of discovering your negative thought patterns and how they manifest in your life.

What types of conditions can CBT treat?

Dr. Singh recommends CBT for a wide variety of conditions. He advocates for CBT for many mental health concerns and mood disorders. From depression and anxiety to eating disorders and addiction, CBT is safe and effective for most mental health diagnoses.

Beyond these circumstances, CBT is often the course of treatment when there’s a specific challenge or problem, such as:

  • Lack of coping mechanisms
  • Issues managing your emotions
  • Relationship and communication conflicts
  • Non-adherence to other mental health treatments
  • Severe grief or loss
  • Symptoms of past trauma, abuse, or violence
  • Mental health impacts of chronic medical issues


Dr. Singh may combine CBT with other treatment modalities, including medication.

How is CBT used during an appointment?

When you see Dr. Singh, CBT is completed one-on-one in the privacy of his office. During your appointment, you can expect to learn about your specific condition and techniques you can practice to help you manage your symptoms. These can include things like:

  • Relaxation
  • Coping
  • Resilience
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness


During your appointments, Dr. Singh encourages you to share your thoughts and emotions about your specific problem. He often gives you homework to do between therapy sessions, which may include reading, journaling, or practicing the skills you're developing during treatment.

When you’re troubled and looking for a short-term therapy to help you improve your condition, seek the help of Dr. Singh, a double board-certified psychiatrist who trusts in counseling and not just medication. Book your appointment with Dr. Singh online or call his office to schedule.