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, was relocated to Huntington Beach in November 2000. The Center for Cognitive Therapy is a DBA (Doing Business As), owned by Christine A. Padesky.
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.
In 2007, the Cente for Cognitive Therapy opened it's online store, www.Store.Padesky.com, for 24/7 access to Cognitive Therapy Training on Disc.
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.
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.
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 original products were audio and videotapes which were sold at workshops and through mail / fax orders.
Summer 1989, the Center for Cognitive Therapy (www.padesky.com) began producing audio and videotape materials exclusively for mental health professionals and graduate students in mental health fields. Products were sold at workshops and through mail / fax orders.
July 2006: began re-editing our audiotape products and converting to Audio CD format
February 2007: audio conversion process completed
April 2007: issued DVD versions of our videotapes
November 11, 2007: launched our on line store www.Store.Padesky.com
Early 2008: launch of new Audio CD and DVD programs
Owner and Cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California*
Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Former President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
2007 Recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies (Assumption College) Annual Award - for "Excellence in Contributions to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy"
2007 Recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy - for "significant and enduring contributions to Cognitive Therapy
Recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award from the California Psychological Association (2003)
Named "Most Influential International CBT Researcher/Practitioner" by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (2002)
Co-author of the best selling cognitive therapy self-help book, Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
Dr. Christine Padesky is internationally respected as one of the world's leading Cognitive Therapy instructors. She has presented over 325 workshops to more than 35,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe including five of the World Congresses of Cognitive Therapy (Sweden, England, Canada, Denmark, and Mexico) as well as 25 presentations with cognitive therapy's founder, Dr. Aaron T. Beck.
She provides worldwide consultation to mental health professionals, community mental health centers, cognitive therapy centers, clinics, hospitals, HMO's and cognitive behavioral therapy researchers. Dr. Padesky served as a consultant to a public television psychology telecourse and is former chair of the California Psychology Association's Division of Training and Education.
Dr. Padesky develops audio and video training materials that demonstrate cognitive therapy processes and protocols. She is a featured therapist in several award-winning educational films.
From 1988 to 2003 Dr. Padesky was an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies selected Dr. Padesky's best selling cognitive therapy self-help book, Mind Over Mood, as the "Most Influential Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Publication" of all time (www.MindOverMood.com).
Dr. Padesky is co-author of five books that have been translated into 18 languages:
Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel By Changing the Way You Think
Clinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood
Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders
Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, 2nd edition
Cognitive Therapy with Couples
Cofounder of the Center for Cognitive Therapy (Newport Beach / Huntington Beach, California)
Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT)
Co-producer and publisher of cognitive therapy audio, video, and workshop training materials
Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY11811)
Clinical specialties include cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders, psychophysiological problems (as well as health worries), personality disorders, relationships, stress management, lesbian/gay issues, and therapy for therapists.
In addition to numerous presentations and workshops on anxiety, depression, health worries, core belief development and change, therapist / client relationship factors, personality disorders, resilience, supervision, and underlying assumptions, Dr. Mooney has presented at workshops and international meetings in Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Dr. Mooney is a former member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) and retired Editor of the IACP News as well as the International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter (ICTN).