Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Baltimore

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or “CBT” is an approach to the alleviation of depression, anxiety, trauma, insomnia, and even the treatment of medical diagnoses such as chronic headaches that has met the “gold standard” of care in the eyes of the American Psychological Association. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a present-focused, problem-solving approach to treatment that helps clients realize that fixing disordered thinking fixes problem behaviors and troublesome symptoms like worry and sadness. Despite our recognition the CBT is a highly effective form of treatment we would be remiss if we did not mention that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is not the only scientifically-proven approach to treatment. The American Psychological Association has also given their stamp of approval to other approaches to treatment used by therapists in the Baltimore Therapy Group including Emotion Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Process Therapy, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Meet Our
Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
in Baltimore

While therapists in the Baltimore Therapy Group use a variety of empirically supported treatments including Interpersonal Process Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy to help clients overcome the struggles that bring them to therapy, three of our therapists specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or “CBT”. Meet David Essien, PsyD; Cassandra Ekstrom, LCSW-C; and Jennifer McMillan, LCPC.

David Essien, PSy.D.

David is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist who uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients overcome depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, and addictions. He blends cognitive behavioral therapy with an interpersonal process approach. This means that he uses scientifically-proven CBT techniques while also keeping a warm, therapeutic relationship a priority.

Cassandra Ekstrom, LCSW-C

Cassie uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or “CBT” to work with those who come to therapy wanting to improve depression/sadness, anxiety/worry, and addictions. She also has advanced training in the treatment of trauma from the Ferentz Institute. In addition to traditional CBT, Cassie also has experience using more contemporary versions of CBT including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Jennifer McMillan, LCPC

Jennifer utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach while incorporating aspects of dialectical behavior therapy.  She also believes the relationship she builds with her clients is of utmost importance so she spends time cultivating a trusting partnership with her clients.  As a cognitive behavioral therapist, Jennifer focuses her work on those hoping to find relief from stress and anxiety, trauma, sadness and depression, life transition, identity struggles, and healthy communication.

Jessica Jones, LMSW

Jessica uses a strengths-based perspective informed by evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing. She believes that these approaches, along with a strong and authentic therapeutic relationship, will help you explore what is missing or what was lost in your life’s journey and relationships. Jessica works with both children (aged 7 and up) and adults.