Since 1983

Padesky.com

The website, Padesky.com, is published by the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California. 

We are one of the international leaders providing high quality, cutting edge training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

We develop, produce, and conduct CBT training workshops and materials for mental health professionals throughout the world.

The Center for Cognitive Therapy (since 1983)

Our History
The Center for Cognitive Therapy was founded by Christine A. Padesky, PhD and Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD in 1983 after a request from Aaron T. Beck, MD (the founder of cognitive therapy) to open a therapy and training center in Southern California. The Center for Cognitive Therapy, which originally opened in Newport Beach in 1983, was relocated to Huntington Beach in November 2000.

In 1998, The Center for Cognitive Therapy’s website for mental health professionals (www.padesky.com) was launched.

Also in 1998, our website for the public (www.MindOverMood.com) was founded. The Mind Over Mood website is specifically designed for the public and provides mental health resources which emphasize the established principles of Beck’s cognitive therapy.

A website designed exclusively for mental health professionals who are one of the following:

  • psychologist
  • psychiatrist
  • social worker
  • psychiatric nurse
  • counselor
  • marriage and family therapist
  • psychiatric resident
  • advanced graduate student in a mental health field
  • physician specializing in psychotherapy
  • other mental health specialty areasA

Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Co-founder

Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD

Co-founder

OUR CENTER’S FOUNDING OBJECTIVES

Therapy
to provide cognitive therapy for a wide range of problems including: depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, posttraumatic stress, hypochondriasis, relationship problems, eating disorders, psychophysiological problems (e.g. chronic pain, hypertension), stress reactions, family problems, crisis intervention, lesbian and gay issues, therapist issues. To offer individual, couple, family and group cognitive therapy for adults, adolescents and children.

Training
to provide supervision, training workshops and conferences for mental health professionals regarding cognitive theory, conceptualization, and treatment (basic through advanced levels). Sponsor of the Aaron T. Beck Cognitive Therapy Innovator Series. Develop and produce audio and video training products on various cognitive therapy topics.

Consultation
to provide consultation to researchers, clinicians, and mental health clinics regarding the application and evaluation of cognitive therapy in various treatment settings. Consultations with several psychiatric hospitals resulted in the formation of inpatient cognitive therapy units. Consultations to therapist in person, via telephone or by Audio CD and DVD.

Community Outreach
to extend services to the general public through speeches and practical workshops covering issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, aging, coping with change, and communication skills. Teach “Mind Over Mood” emotional fitness classes (none currently active). Provide 24/7 information via our website for the public: www.MindOverMood.com

Communications
to offer information, resources and referrals to therapists, clients, organizations, the media, and the general public; to facilitate the exchange of information and promote collaboration among cognitive therapists around the world. In 1985, the Center founded and published the International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter (ICTN). From 1992 to 1999 ICTN was the official newsletter of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP). Center staff co-author articles and books on cognitive therapy.

COGNITIVE THERAPY TRAINING ON DISC™ (since 1989)

Since 1989, the Center for Cognitive Therapy (www.padesky.com) has produced audio and video materials exclusively for mental health professionals and graduate students in a mental health field. Our products are available only through our online store: www.Store.Padesky.com

Occasionally we have some of our video products available during live workshops. Attendees are generally notified in advance if video DVDs will be available for purchase during their workshop.