​James L. Shenk, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist (CA) #PSY11550.
Certified Cognitive Therapist & Founding Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy 


Dr. Shenk is the Director of the Cognitive Therapy Institute. He completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at  the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1988, and continued on as a postdoctoral research  fellow at UCLA 1988-1989. In addition to completing a full time clinical internship accredited by the  American Psychological Association, he received 3 years of postdoctoral training in cognitive therapy under the mentorship of Christine Padesky, Ph.D. at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Newport Beach.  During these years he specialized in individual and group treatments for panic, social phobia, OCD, and other anxiety disorders as well as depression and personality disorders.  Dr. Shenk relocated to San Diego in 1991 and began directing the Partial Hospitalization Program for Depression at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital while assuming leadership for an affiliation of licensed clinicians at the Cognitive Therapy Institute (CTI).  In addition to a full time psychotherapy practice, he taught cognitive therapy and supervised doctoral students  at the California School of Professional Psychology (now in Alliant International University) 1992-2012. Dr. Shenk has led CBT workshops and given presentations at state, national, and international conventions, and he has co-authored articles on cognitive therapy and other clinical issues.  Dr. Shenk is one of the Founding Fellows of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), an international organization that evaluates and certifies mental health professionals regarding competency in CT.  He provides training and supervision in Cognitive Therapy to mental health professionals in his office or online.  He currently supervises and consults with all of the therapists at CTI and provides therapy for a range of individual, couples, and family problems.  Dr. Shenk specializes in treatment of panic disorder, social phobia, OCD, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, depression, and relationship issues.  He also provides consultation and workshops to businesses and community groups.  

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:  Academy of Cognitive TherapySan Diego Psychological Association; International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation; National Social Anxiety Center; Board of Directors, San Diego CBT Consortium