The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego

The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San DiegoThe Cognitive Therapy Institute of San DiegoThe Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego
CTI Therapists & Staff


Who We Are

Our goal is to assist you in reaching your personal or professional goals, to experience liberation from excess anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, conflicts, or other problems that may be preventing you from experiencing a full, meaningful, and enjoyable life.

At the Cognitive Therapy Institute (CTI) we strive to offer the highest quality of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to our clients, using established, empirically supported treatment (EST) plans that have proven effective for depression, panic attacks, phobias, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety and other anxiety conditions.  Our primary goals are to ensure that you feel cared for and supported while also providing focused guidance as you work toward recovery, growth, and achieving your goals.  Our therapists have expertise in CBT, receiving weekly consultation and guidance from Dr. Shenk, a Founding Fellow certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  We also have extensive training in related treatment strategies such as Mindfulness (MBSR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure Therapy and Assertiveness Training that are integrated in our treatment to ensure that you develop a range of skills that will support optimal health and resiliency.  We recognize that each individual or family comes with their own unique background, needs and preferences, thus we attempt to work together with you in a supportive and flexible way to reach your particular goals.  We offer individual and couples therapy, both in person and online (anywhere in California).  We also provide group therapies and other reduced fee options, and under some circumstances a sliding scale fee may be available.

The Cognitive Therapy Institute also offers training and consultations with mental health professionals and supervision of interns regarding the practice of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  The training is provided by a certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  We also offer classes and consultation to businesses, organizations, and to the general public regarding the personal and professional benefits of CBT.

Cognitive Therapy Institute is also proud to be the San Diego Regional Clinic of the National Social Anxiety Center (NSAC).  NSAC is a national organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of cutting-edge treatment for social anxiety.  

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and The Cognitive Therapy Institute

Online Video and Telephone Therapy Options, Safety Policies, Appointments, and Procedures

We want to express our caring and support to all clients of The Cognitive Therapy Institute (CTI), and to the broader community in San Diego, in California, and around the world, as individuals and families are coping with this pandemic. 

At this time and until risk levels change based on local and national (e.g. CDC) recommendations, we are offering all of our therapy and consultation services through telemedicine options.  Most of our clients are electing online, face-to-face video therapy through a HIPAA complaint, secure video meeting platform that we have secured, while others are electing to hold therapy sessions by telephone.  We are happy to report that the vast majority of our clients have elected to continue their therapy online and that they report being quite happy with the experience of interacting through video.  There are even some advantages such as not needing to travel to appointments, and being able to share written (typed) notes and documents during the session.  

We also welcome new clients here at CTI and hope to support you in coping with this crisis as well as in finding ways to manage and recover from ongoing anxiety, panic, OCD, depression, or other conditions that you or a family member are struggling with.  We begin the initial assessment and evaluation (the “intake” process) with a confidential online or telephone session to identify your needs and goals, to get to know each other, and to determine for sure whether online or telephone therapy would be possible and appropriate with us.  Prior to that first appointment, you will have opportunity to speak with our office manager who can answer questions, gather some basic information, and facilitate the referral to one of our therapists.  Our website will also provide answers to many of your questions. 

We are glad that we are able to continue our individual and group therapy services through the face-to-face video conferencing options, or by telephone, and we look forward to “meeting” with you to provide guidance and support in these challenging times. 


James L. Shenk, Ph.D.

Director, The Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC


Consultation & Training For Professionals

Consultation & Training For Professionals

Consultation & Training For Professionals

CTI offers a variety of training and consultation options for mental health professionals who want to advance their skills and competency in CBT.   Psychiatrists, psychologists, LMFT's, and others have come to the Institute to consult on using CBT with their own patients.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Consultation & Training For Professionals

Consultation & Training For Professionals

CBT has emerged as the leading form of psychotherapy for panic, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, stress, and many other conditions. 


Therapy Groups

Consultation & Training For Professionals

Therapy Groups

At CTI we offer a variety of group therapies that provide structured and proven treatment programs for panic, social anxiety & shyness, depression, and other conditions. For many people group therapy is a very effective format for treatment 

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The Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC

3262 Holiday Court, La Jolla, California 92037, United States

(858) 450-1101



09:00 am – 06:00 pm


09:00 am – 06:00 pm


09:00 am – 06:00 pm


09:00 am – 06:00 pm


09:00 am – 05:00 pm


By Appointment



By Appointment Only

Mon-Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Sunday