Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain

Discover practical techniques for modifying undesirable behavior and managing your moods with this course that explains how and why cognitive behavioral therapy works.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 241.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different Different from most courses. Applies theory much more directly than other courses. Explains a CBT principle, but then applies it in the real world by including actual therapy sessions in the course.
Date published: 2020-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Generally well done. Examples instructive. Some passages too theoretical.
Date published: 2020-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important and Helpful Information I wasn't expecting this course to be as incredibly helpful as it is.. The information was well presented an easy to comprehend. The action items and descriptions of how to use the various worksheets are worth a lot. Well done.
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from save your money and watch Dr. Todd Grande YouTube like many other courses on this site, I've found that the popular ones give more of a 'feeling' of learning rather than any significant amount of material. this course was far short of Psych 1 honestly (I took it at u of manitoba 10 years ago) Although I am aware that there really isn't much to learn with CBT, beyond memorizing embarrassing acronyms like "SMART", if you have 200 dollars lying around you might as well just buy a text book, any text book. Watch Dr. Todd Grande's youtube channel who gives a much more entertaining and intelligent survey of things CBT, although you'll still be left with the impression that these counselors don't really have any insights you can't find in the DSM. Especially grating this time is the smug approach of the lecturer, who, like many physicians, believes he is the embodiment of Science which is one of our biggest problems in healthcare right now (read Black Box Thinking for a 'popular' approach to that idea). He makes these authoritative claims in that meek tone of voice, it really got under my skin to the point I could barely finish the course... He acts as if simply interpreting data is something that these people "figured out"... Weird that this "revolutionary approach" to therapy coincided the rise of computers... One tidbit I learned is that the founder of CBT insists on being called "Tim"... lol.. it's almost cult like and reminds me of my early job working at Walmart actually... Walmart therapy, that's about right... PS I've spent thousands of dollars doing CBT, writing my dumb diary, getting little gems of advice like "Have you considered that maybe your behavior is what is causing these issues" or "Have you tried walking through nature when you get angry?" - that last one cost me 300 dollars.. Thanks "Tim"
Date published: 2020-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from informative, helpful I haven't done all the exercises he suggested, just watched the dvds, but it was still very helpful and,interesting, informative much more than I expected. I learned a lot more about CBT than I knew before..
Date published: 2020-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent rapport building amd Psyoeducational I have watched thr first 4 videos on the list of 24 and I find them interesting and helpful. 30 minutes is a nice length of time to end each seminar.
Date published: 2020-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CBT I am so happy I bought this course. It has so much good information and is also helping me deal with my thoughts and actions because I can use the CBT strategies. Excellent teacher.
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Inspiring. As a psychiatrist, who treats patients with depression, anxiety, substance misuse and psychotic disorders, I am interested in the incorporation of cognitive behavior therapy principles into brief medical visits. This course provides a treasure trove of practical skills and tools, that can be utilized by health professionals, students, patients and their families alike. Professor Satterfield is dynamic, energetic, and informative, but also engaging and understandable. The clinical vignettes complemented with demonstration of CBT strategies are invaluable. This should be a required course students of all disciplines engaged in the pursuit of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative, excellent Professor Satterfield Very well done, good pace and easy to listen, learn and enjoy. Both informative and practical applications. Good format, used real examples of the processes.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good clinical teaching Very clear guide to CBT. But he needs to stop making unfounded swipes at Freud and Psychoanalysis. The latter still has a role in treatment of troubled people - from once a week to more intensive therapy. CBT also has an important role but it is limited in scope and not everyone can use it or benefits from it, as is the case with psychoanalysis. That said, his use of patients to illustrate the course is very helpful.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent content and real cases I am so grateful to the three people who allowed their sessions to be recorded for the benefit of the rest of us. I was cheering them on and was so happy to see their progress. Professor Satterfield is the ideal therapist and is great at imparting information with empathy.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great course! I bought this a few weeks ago and could not be happier! Easy to follow segments of about 30min each. Professor Satterfield takes you into live session with some clients and helps them through various issues. You can follow along how they come to the root of their problems and find a solution that works long term!! This is worth every penny that you spend.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basic photography Absolutely fantastic. It’s been a tremendous resource and the best thing I think anyone should do. Thanks
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good lecturer Haven’t finished it yet but anxious to continue thanks for including it!
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Geared More For Clinicians and CBT Practitioners Dr Satterfield is very knowledgeable and presents the material very well, so I have no problem with him per se. That said, however, I found the lectures more geared for an audience of CBT clinicians and practitioners than for lay people simply wanting to work on self improvement. I say this because there seemed to be an inordinate amount of discussion relative to statistics and studies that I personally found to be boring and of no practical value to a person whose not a CBT professional. For these people, I’m sure the lectures were very informative and helpful; but for someone looking for personal practical application, a lot of the material presented was more than I needed. Hence, I only found the course marginally helpful.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Very Much Enjoyed This Series I bought this course for my daughter whom I thought would be interested and (hopefully) find it helpful. However, as far as I can tell she did not give it a try. So I gave it a try. It's the first Great Course I have completed and I was very impressed with the quality and content. Professor Satterfirld was excellent.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent DVD set ............ I purchased this and found the content very good an excellent choice for those who have done a UK Psychology degree and want to review their studies later. A big Thank you! to the patients that allowed some of their CBT sessions to be filmed it made all the difference to understanding the process.
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical Psychology This is a great practical course. I bought it about a month ago, and listened to it during the stressful times of the corona virus outbreak. It had some excellent suggestions for dealing with difficult and trying situations. Also it was very insightful on couples therapy. Good Job Great Courses!
Date published: 2020-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent material and presentation! I thoroughly enjoy this course. It is easy to understand and presented in a wonderful way!
Date published: 2020-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I was very disappointed in the dvds and book. I already knew what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was. I was looking for an instructional course on how to implement the therapy. I already knew what people do to help with insomnia, like taking medications. I was hoping to find out some CBT techniques I could practice but I couldn't find anything from the book or dvds to help me. My wife also read the book and watched the dvds with the same response. Absolutely no help whatsoever. Is there an instructional course available?
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I just received this a few days ago. What I have read and heard sounds like it is going to be perfect. Very impressive and professionally presented. I have a son with severe social anxiety and many years of depression. I beleive this will help him tremendously. The online link that was sent in an email was deleted. Anyway to have that sent again? Would appreciate it.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Value for the money! I am a lay person not trained in the mental health field but new to working in it. I am taking this course as a personal professional development measure to better understand CBT since I now work in a mental health office. I am pleased with the content and how well the instructor speaks and makes this information fully understandable to a 'newbie' like me. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is not familiar with or trained in this information. For those who are professionally trained, I am not sure if they would learn anything new from it. But for such a low price, if they purchased it and it wasn't anything new for them to learn, they would not have wasted much money. Thank you.
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Positive Tool I have only had it about a week. I have read almost the entire course guide book. I am already implementing things I have learned. I will start the discs this weekend. Can’t wait!!!
Date published: 2020-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cognitive behavorial Therrapy I've only read the first 5 chapters so far but I'm hooked.
Date published: 2020-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive. Very helpful and useful techniques presented in a professional and easy to follow manner.
Date published: 2020-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oversells CBT Although there is some useful material here, the overall picture of therapy presented in these lectures is hard to recommend. CBT itself is a broad label for a number of interventions, some of which end up in just about any therapy, regardless of the therapist’s theoretical orientation. This class, however, makes CBT seem more like filling out tax forms than doing therapy. It comes off as mechanical, structured, and measured; “meet the right numbers on the guide and you’ll get better.” You, the “patient” must fit into the therapy protocols, not vice versa, as it ought to be. Maybe in an effort to cram as much CBT as he could into the series, Satterfield turned these (staged?) therapy sessions into showing off his bag of tricks. I hope in real therapy he would present himself much differently. The course has, in my opinion, three egregious flaws. When I bought the course, I bought audio, not realizing that client sessions were included. With this feature, the course should NEVER have been offered in audio format. Maybe this was the company’s decision, not the presenter’s, but an audio-only client session leaves out about 90% of what’s really happening. It gives the impression that what’s really important is Satterfield getting enough information from the client to know which written exercise or behavioral protocol to prescribe. No decent therapist would think of doing a session blindfolded—yes, I know sometimes we have to do emergency phone work—but really, the nonverbal cues of eye movements, breathing, postural changes, skin flushing, etc., is what real therapists attend to. In this case, “the medium is the message” truly applies; an audio offering misrepresents what constitutes therapy. Second, Satterfield presents himself in the medical model. He works at a medical school. He calls his clients “patients.” He prescribes treatments. He is the doctor, the authority; the “patient” is there for him to “cure.” This model has seen its day, fortunately for most therapists long past. There is no way a therapist can truly join and create a therapeutic relationship in that sort of setting. But that’s where many of the CBT interventions come in handy; they can be dispensed like pills. If you are considering going to a therapist, be assured that not all CBT therapists are this clinical and sterile. And note also that CBT actually does something, so it’s usually a better choice than therapists who really have nothing to offer but stereotypically not their heads while you talk. The third huge flaw comes in the last lecture, where Satterfield lists suggestions for someone seeking therapy. What he says here is borders on negligence and arrogance. He only recommends CBT psychologists, and makes no mention of the other professions or approaches that comprise the world of psychotherapy. He doesn’t even hint at the fact that a person might benefit from other forms. It’s as if a surgeon told you if your back hurts you need an operation, without mentioning that physical therapy, chiropractic, medication, or some other modality might be what is needed. As a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years, I can’t tell you how many clients I have had that had already quit their CBT-oriented therapist. Basic CBT is the standard therapy that is taught as entry-level at probably every academic program out there. Some therapists evidently never learn anything past that. Satterfield does expand the borders of CBT into AC and other “third-wave” approaches, so at least he’s not stuck that far back. As a presentation of what CBT is and what it entails, these lectures are pretty good. Upon viewing these classes you just might think this sort of approach paddles your canoe. I think most people would think otherwise. My bottom line is: the overall slant of the sessions and the (not at all unusual) over-selling of CBT leaves me unwilling to recommend this course. (I do however, very much like Satterfield’s course on Mind-Body, which has quite a bit of useful information.)
Date published: 2019-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real life problem solving pros: professor Satterfield discussed real life problems with real patients. The toolboxes are helpful. Professor gave sources and paper links that are good. I saw the difference between my mental health & emotional hygine very clearly. I feel to have a greater control over my emotions and life. cons: wish there were more materials. Some lectures like- relationship and last ones seemed lacking materials. The timing also needed to be at least one hour for each video. Overall, I am thankful to professor Satterfield & tgc. Thank you professor & please keep the good work going.
Date published: 2019-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating introduction to a complex topic I had just finished a 12-week course as a participant in CBT methodology for depression. I was looking for guidance to better comprehend, and practice the tools I had briefly been introduced to. Following the stories of the three clients throughout the course was not only interesting, but very insightful. The presenters voice is soothing, with clear explanations and examples provided. Now I have access to worksheets, and helpful links to help me continue on my path.
Date published: 2019-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Depends on purpose of purchasing I purchased the course to learn more about CBT and to see if the video would help me to better utilize the method. The instructor is very knowledge, but the program seems to me to be focused more toward certified counselors. He uses what seem to be his own clients in sessions. If they are actor, they are very good. The honestly make me a bit uncomfortable. I find the sessions a bit boring. They are hard for me to pay attention to. I'm also one that is looking for practical, to the point, information. That is not what I am experiencing and will probably not complete the course. If, however, you can received your annual certification credits as a counselor using this course, I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective and easy to follow! Great program! Well organized and simple to follow chapters. CBT explained in layman's terms.
Date published: 2019-10-15
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Everyone has something about their life that they would like to improve. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a scientific, logical approach that investigates well-tested, practical techniques to assess your situation and select appropriate tools for change. Become aware of your daily thoughts, manage moods, and modify undesirable behaviors. Take steps toward gradual, lasting, goal-oriented change.


Jason M. Satterfield
Jason M. Satterfield

Doing a comprehensive course on mind-body medicine has been a lifelong dream. We can all manage our health and alter our environments. Next up: cognitive therapy tools that can improve health and wellness. Onward and upward!


University of California, San Francisco

Professor Jason M. Satterfield is Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He earned his B.S. in Brain Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently directs the UCSF Behavioral Medicine Unit, which integrates mental and behavioral health services into adult primary care. Professor Satterfield’s book, A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to the Beginning of the End of Life: Minding the Body, was recognized as a Self-Help Book of Merit by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He served on the Behavioral and Social Science Subcommittee that revised the Medical College Admission Test-work that was recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine and The New York Times. Professor Satterfield is also part of a core interdisciplinary team that is writing a medical textbook based on the biopsychosocial model. He has been nominated for multiple teaching awards at UCSF, and he is often competitively selected to teach at national conferences for a wide variety of health professionals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain


Cognitive Behavioral Foundations

01: Cognitive Behavioral Foundations

Begin by meeting Dr. Satterfield's patients-Carol, Michael, and Maria-each with something in their lives that could be helped with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). You will follow these patients throughout the course as you learn the basics of CBT, including how you can train your brain to improve motivation, management of emotions, and interpersonal skills....

33 min
Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy

02: Quantified Self-Assessment for Therapy

Trace the roots of CBT and see how it upends the typical psychoanalysis process, focusing on daily events and emotions instead of past history. Watch as Dr. Satterfield performs an initial assessment of three new patients, helps them set SMART goals, and begins to collect data about their thoughts, emotions, and actions....

32 min
Setting Therapeutic Goals

03: Setting Therapeutic Goals

A fascinating aspect of CBT is the collaborative journey the therapist and patient take to create the patient's case formulation, a living document that serves as a basis for an individual treatment plan and guides the therapy process. Watch as the doctor helps Michael unpack his anger to understand why certain situations make him furious....

30 min
Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

04: Third-Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Now that you are familiar with the basics of CBT, explore the third wave, which focuses on the process of cognition rather than its content. It's been described as Buddhist meditation meets CBT, and the research shows some surprising results!...

32 min
Stress and Coping

05: Stress and Coping

Alleviate stress by learning how to quiet the two primary physiological stress pathways: one secretes the stress hormone called cortisol, and the other secretes epinephrine or adrenaline (often called the fight or flight response). See how CBT helps you examine your preferred coping styles to determine whether or not you're selecting the best adaptive strategies for you....

32 min
Anxiety and Fear

06: Anxiety and Fear

Contrast the emotions of anxiety and fear, and consider how each can feed the other. Use the SUDS hierarchy to perform a thorough analysis of situations that induce these feelings, then see how behavioral experiments can systematically desensitize you to the things you once feared or avoided....

29 min
Treating Depression

07: Treating Depression

Identify the nine hallmark symptoms of depression, then use the CBT triangle to describe the three downward spirals that contribute to a depressive episode. Observe as Dr. Satterfield walks Maria through tools to help her alleviate her depression, and learn how you can apply these same techniques to lift your mood....

34 min
Anger and Rage

08: Anger and Rage

Delve into the surprising root of many anger issues and see how CBT works to decrease "hostile fantasies," or the thoughts you have when a person or situation triggers your anger. Add simple exercises to your life that will help you recognize triggers and defuse them before they become full-blown rage....

32 min
Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

09: Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Progress from basic cognitive restructuring to an in-depth look at a tool that helps build awareness of the thoughts and emotions you have in a particular situation. See how the collaborative problem solving in CBT creates flexibility and the creativity to find something that works for each individual person, given his or her life circumstances....

30 min
Positive Psychology

10: Positive Psychology

Although CBT was developed for the treatment of psychopathology and negative mood states, it has more recently been used as a way to encourage or induce positive emotion. Explore recent scientific studies about happiness, and learn which exercises are most effective for cultivating improved mood....

29 min
Healing Traumatic Injuries

11: Healing Traumatic Injuries

Define the various types of trauma that can affect people-from combat veterans suffering from PTSD to victims of random violence-and learn how CBT can be used to treat these patients with great success. See how the tools used in CBT sessions help to unstick the brain and begin the process of repairing damage....

30 min
Forgiveness and Letting Go

12: Forgiveness and Letting Go

Forgiveness-and its associated health benefits-begins with a cognitive decision and can be promoted with both cognitive and behavioral strategies. Delve into the fascinating scientific research on forgiveness, identify maladaptive strategies that are holding you back, and create an A.C.T.I.O.N. plan....

31 min
Digging Deep and Finding Meaning

13: Digging Deep and Finding Meaning

Move beyond searching for explanations for why painful events happened, instead turning your thoughts to what those events mean in your broader perspective and how your reactions can be intentionally shaped using CBT. See how CBT can provide tools to support positive shifts in perspective and help you see the bigger picture....

29 min
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medicine

14: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Medicine

Recently, there has been growing acceptance of CBT as part of the treatment for medical illnesses, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease to cancer. Discover the pivotal role that cognitions and emotions can play in empowering patients and helping them manage their physical maladies....

30 min
Staying on the Wagon

15: Staying on the Wagon

Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or exercise more, learn the secrets to creating habits that stick. Identify and define core concepts, such as self-control, self-discipline, motivation, and willpower, and see how each of these can be affected by the CBT skills you've learned in previous lectures....

31 min
Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition

16: Thinking Healthy: Weight and Nutrition

Yo-yo no more: Patients who used CBT to manage their relationship with food and exercise showed decreased weight, decreased body mass index, decreased waist circumference, and improved eating habits. Use the core behavior change principles from previous lectures and apply them to healthy eating and exercise habits....

31 min
Behavioral Therapy for Chemical Addictions

17: Behavioral Therapy for Chemical Addictions

Review the basics of substance use disorders-alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs-and what second- or third-wave CBT therapies can offer people who suffer with addiction. Add community reinforcement approach (CRA) to your CBT toolkit and see how it can be more successful than 12-step recovery programs....

32 min
Getting a Good Night's Sleep

18: Getting a Good Night's Sleep

Fewer than half of Americans say they get a good night's sleep on most nights. Observe as Dr. Satterfield works with Maria to assess her quality and quantity of sleep. Apply the techniques of CBTI (the "I" is for insomnia) to fall asleep faster and wake more rested....

32 min
Mastering Chronic Pain

19: Mastering Chronic Pain

Both cognitive and behavioral factors influence the experience of pain and the intensity of suffering. Learn how psychological factors can alter the experience of pain, look at mind-body factors that can alleviate or exacerbate chronic pain, and take out the CBT toolbox to see how it can be applied to physical, rather than emotional, hurt....

31 min
Building and Deepening Relationships

20: Building and Deepening Relationships

Relationships are vital to our health and happiness. Explore the intricate world of human relationships, study the unwritten rules of social interactions, and discover how CBT can help you think through difficult situations without letting your emotions get the best of you....

32 min
Constructive Conflict and Fighting Fair

21: Constructive Conflict and Fighting Fair

Go beyond the one-on-one therapist-patient scenario and look at CBT's approach to couples' therapy, focusing on communication, conflict, empathy, respect, and intimacy. Meet Michael's wife as she joins her husband in Dr. Satterfield's office to talk about Michael's anger and their relationship....

32 min
Thriving at Work through Behavioral Health

22: Thriving at Work through Behavioral Health

Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressors. Examine best-selling books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win Friends and Influence People and see where they line up neatly with CBT-and where CBT offers a better way to achieve success and happiness in the workplace....

33 min
Developing Emotional Flexibility

23: Developing Emotional Flexibility

Peer into the lives of people who have thrived in the face of adversity-why do some people flower while others wilt? The keys to flourishing are flexibility and resilience. Complete your CBT toolkit with a list of ten ways that you can develop and sustain personal resilience....

31 min
Finding the Best Help

24: Finding the Best Help

Round out the course with a look at Carol, Maria, and Michael's progress. Then, Dr. Satterfield gives you his personal recommendations for finding a quality therapist, making the most of your sessions, evaluating your progress, and knowing when to end your therapy sessions....

38 min