Theoretical Background                                       
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a psychotherapy method that looks at an individual’s thought patterns in relation to emotions and behavior. The main idea is that cognition determines emotion and behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy works to alter dysfunctional thought patterns that lead to negative emotions and behavior, thereby improving symptoms of many major mental disorders.
 Cognitive behavioral therapy is a highly effective and widely used treatment depression and anxiety. Because of its action-oriented approach, it allows for shorter phases of psychotherapy sessions. An individual under cognitive behavioral therapy may be done in 6-12 sessions. The individual learns coping and problem-solving skills that may be used in day-to-day life, allowing for permanent cognitive changes and alleviated symptoms.
During a cognitive behavioral therapy session, the individual learns to reframe negative cognitive processes, leading to more positive emotions and constructive behavior. The individual will often be required to complete homework in order to reinforce what is learned in sessions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a highly effective treatment for depression. The assumption is that depression is directly related to negative thoughts. Cognitive therapy helps to deal with the negative emotions that contribute to depression. The individual is taught to “think” differently, allowing him or her to utilize learned skills in everyday life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is extremely effective for anxiety disorders. Because anxiety disorders tend to include fear and worry, cognitive behavioral therapy works to reframe fearful thoughts and worrisome cognitions into more realistic ones. One method of cognitive behavioral therapy for phobias is exposure therapy. During exposure therapy, an individual “faces” the fear and challenges the thoughts that lead up to that fear. A therapist may also help the individual in treatment recognize anxious feelings and learn to cope with them more effectively. Relaxation techniques are often used in anxiety cases as well.                      

  • State of Wyoming Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-557
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board, K-12 Counselor
  • Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board, Highly Qualified Social Studies


  • Master of Science, Counselor Education, University of Wyoming, May 1995
  • Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education, University of Wyoming, May 1976
Certification Training
  • EMDR Level 1 and 2
  • Anxiety, Trauma, Depression
  • ADHD in children and adults
  • TruThought Corrective Thinking Practitioner
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Boys Town Social Skills Training
  • Basic and Domestic Mediation
  • Triple P Parenting Level5
  • Family Solutions Program Facilitator
  • K-12 School Counselor
  • CIS Emergency Management -100
  • Certified CISM Responder
  • National Incident Management Systems


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Sweetwater Counseling Center
Renee Schroeder MS LPC NCC
1471 Dewar Drive Suite 214, Rock Springs, WY 82901 • (307) 389-4674

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