Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Charlottesville. We are not your typical therapy practice.

Our approach to therapy is much more than just talk. It focuses on making your life better in the most effective, efficient way possible. It is based on the most current research, it makes sense to our clients, and it is always designed to fit each person’s personal strengths, needs, and resources.
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All of us worry or become nervous and even fearful at times.  But sometimes these experiences happen too often, get in the way of doing what we want to do, or feels too bad or beyond our control. We work with adults, adolescents, and children 10 and up with anxiety to help them feel better and to engage more fully with life. Read More


Depression often feels helpless, but there are proven ways to heal. We use the best approaches to leave depression behind and find the happiness that you deserve. We use positive, supportive approaches that are based on decades of research and have been shown to work faster and for more people than other approaches.  We work with adults and teens with depression. Read More

Couples Counseling

A marriage is strong when a couple can confidently say that they are friends and partners. And being lovers makes it even better. But that rarely happens when you don’t have the first two. For more information about our marriage and couples counseling, visit


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is considered one of the most treatable problems that psychologists work with.  The treatment is referred to as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or E/RP) and it is the most effective treatment available. We work with adults, adolescents, and children with OCD. Read More

Social Anxiety

At any given time, about 13% of Americans suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder (also known as Social Phobia), making it the most common anxiety disorder. That’s a pretty big club. So you are not alone. People with social anxiety tend to evaluate themselves negatively, and feel uncomfortable in social situations, and they tend to believe that others are paying close attention to their faults. We help adults and teens feel better about being in social situations, learn social skills, and begin to engage with others. Read More

Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are much more treatable than most people think.  Panic Control Treatment, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy specifically designed for panic attacks, has been shown to be superior to medications in reducing or eliminating panic attacks.  We use it because it is the very best option for treating panic attacks, having the most scientific support of any treatment available. Read More

Stress Management

All people experience stress.  Believe it or not, some kinds of stress are actually good for you.  But sometimes stress becomes chronic or so severe that it can inhibit a person’s ability to be a good spouse or parent, impair memory and concentration, lead to chronic fatigue or sleep problems, and can contribute to physical problems such as high blood pressure and infertility.  But even the most stressful situations can be alleviated with the right approach. Read More

Supportive Counseling

Many people who come to see us are uncomfortable talking about their lives or with sharing personal information. Some people are just uncomfortable talking in general. Some people just want someone to listen. Others are in a bad situation that they simply can’t get out of. Some people are seeking a trusted advisor who can help them talk through situations and make better choices. Read More

Rob Young, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I specialize in anxiety, OCD and couples issues, including marriage counseling and intimacy problems.  I rely heavily on the most current scientific knowledge, and I use the most proven treatment approaches available. I believe that therapy should not be about endlessly recounting your past or “finding someone to talk to.”  It should be about changing your life for the better in the most efficient way possible. Read More

John Snyder, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor

My approach is supportive, collaborative and evidence-based. I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages with a variety of mental health and life challenges, including (but not limited to) insomnia, depression, anxiety, anger, relationship issues, trauma, addictions, divorce, and grief. Read More

Kristen Jamerson, M.A., Resident in Professional Counseling

I take a holistic approach when meeting with clients, integrating biological, psychological, and social factors. I believe that therapy should be a safe environment where clients feel they can share openly and honestly with me. I work with adults and teens, but I have a special interest in helping teens and young adults resolve anxiety, depression, OCD, and adjustment problems. Read More

Who We Can Help

We work with people who see room for improvement in their work, their relationships, their ability to find happiness, or their health and overall well-being.  Some of them want to be better at their jobs.  Others want to be better parents or to have a better relationship with their spouse.  Or they want to get past that one thing that is holding them back.  Some of them experience more intense anxiety, stress, conflicts in their marriages, or difficulty changing their own behavior.  But they all come to our practice because we use the most proven approaches, and what we do makes sense to them.