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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Reston & Herndon VA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) seeks to alter problematic cognitions (e.g., thoughts and assumptions) and promote adaptive behavior (e.g., coping skills, problem-solving skills, interpersonal effectiveness). It can be distinguished from other psychotherapies in several ways:

Evidenced-Based: CBT is most the most extensively researched psychotherapy. Clinical trials demonstrate that CBT is effective and results in greater symptom reduction than many other treatments.

Collaborative Relationship: CBT is not simply advice giving nor simply listening and reflection. Instead, CBT seeks to establish a compassionate and collaborative relationship with the client and therapist working as a team to solve clinical problems.

Aims to be Short-term: CBT began as a short-term, symptom-focused treatment. After research substantiated its success as a rapid treatment, it was expanded to address more long-standing problems (e.g., chronic depression and anxiety, personality problems, long-standing interpersonal problems).

Goal Oriented: CBT is a structured therapy that helps individuals clarify and achieve their goals.

Encompasses other Approaches: CBT is broad term which encompasses cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, exposure therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and many others.

Has Long-term Impact: Research demonstrates that CBT continues to impact patients long after the therapy has ended. The concepts and skills you learn can help you to become “your own therapist.”

For over 25 years, CBT has been our modality of choice as trainees, practitioners, and educators. As specialists in CBT, we have trained numerous doctoral students and professionals. More information about the clinical problems we treat can be found on our Services page.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Northern Virginia
1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 206
Reston, VA 20190

(one block east of the Wiehle-Reston Metro Station)

Dr. Riso: (703) 203-7197 | email: DrLawrenceRiso@gmail.com

Dr. Lilenfeld: (703) 203-7117 | email: DrLisaLilenfeld@gmail.com

Fax: (703) 689-3361

Appointments are Mondays through Fridays, early morning through evening. Late evening appointments are available with a last appointment at 9pm.


- Initial Evaluation Session = $225. The initial session/intake is 60 min. It consists of a comprehensive diagnostic assessment, interpretation of self-report measures, and treatment planning.

- Treatment Sessions = $200. Regular sessions are 45 min. They consist of all sessions following the initial session or intake.

- Insurance: We do not work directly with insurance. We will provide you with invoices that you can submit for out-of-network benefits through your insurer.

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Our Service Areas for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy include:

Fairfax County
Reston, VA
Herndon, VA
Great Falls, VA
Vienna, VA
Chantilly, VA
Loudoun County
Sterling, VA
Dulles, VA
Ashburn, VA
Leesburg, VA

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of Northern Virginia
1800 Michael Faraday Drive, Suite 206, Reston, VA 20190
(703) 203-7197 DrLawrenceRiso@gmail.com