Cognitive Therapy Specialist

Mental Health Counselor PLLC

Michael John Arnold , LMHC

Licensed Psychotherapist located in Upper West Side & Central Park South, New York, NY

Whether you are dealing with a mental health issue, the death of a loved one, a difficult life transition, or a challenging relationship, cognitive therapy may be able to help. At Mental Health Counselor PLLC, in Central Park South and the Upper West Side in Manhattan, New York City, Michael Arnold, LMHC, has years of experience providing his patients with effective cognitive therapy for a wide range of situations. To learn more, call or go online today to schedule your first appointment.

Cognitive Therapy

What is cognitive therapy?

We all face difficulties throughout our life. Sometimes, we are equipped to face these challenges on our own by maintaining healthy habits and leaning on the support of our loved ones. Other times, professional guidance can be helpful. Just as you would go to the doctor if you are experiencing physical illness, so too can it be a good idea to see a trained and licensed therapist when facing these mental and emotional hurdles. 


Today, there are many different methods of therapy. Cognitive therapy, sometimes called cognitive-behavioral therapy, is a type of therapy that recognizes that the way that we think about things will affect how we feel our emotions. In cognitive therapy, the emphasis is placed on your present thinking and behavior as opposed to past experiences and uses problem-solving to improve the situation.

Who may benefit from cognitive therapy?

Cognitive therapy has been shown to be incredibly helpful in a wide range of situations, including many mental health disorders. These include:


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Panic disorders
  • Phobias
  • Personality disorders


In addition, cognitive therapy can be helpful for those who are facing challenging times in their life, such as with the death of a loved one, a divorce, a personal illness, the loss of a job, the loss of a pet, and many more difficult experiences. 

Cognitive therapy has also been shown to be helpful when it comes to building stronger relationships or facing challenges within a relationship. This can apply to both families as well as romantic relationships. 

What can I expect at my appointment?

Your initial appointment with Michael will involve discussing your situation in detail so that he can get an idea of your difficulties as well as your goals. At each appointment, you will explore these challenges to a greater degree, ideally leading you toward a better understanding of your situation and helping to form healthy attitudes and habits that will aid you in processing and facing the challenge. 

To learn more about cognitive therapy and how it may be able to help you, call or book online today to schedule your first appointment.