Cognitive Therapy Specialist

David Salvage, M.D., FAPM

Forensic and Addiction Psychiatrist located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY & Tribeca, New York, NY

Cognitive therapy is an excellent tool that tackles negative behaviors, moods, and thinking, with the goal of changing your thought patterns to help you cope in life. David Salvage, MD, FAPM, has considerable experience in this evidence-based treatment method and helps his patients in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Tribeca, New York, better manage their lives. To explore how cognitive therapy can help you, call or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.

Cognitive Therapy Q & A

What is cognitive therapy?

Cognitive therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is designed to combat negative thinking through action that brings about positive change in your behaviors. At its core, CBT is based on several guiding principles:

  • The influence that negative thinking has on your mental health
  • Unhelpful thinking that leads to learned negative behavioral patterns
  • Using coping mechanisms to change the way you think, behave, and react

The CBT approach that Dr. Salvage uses is designed to provide you with actionable tools that help you overcome irrational or learned patterns that have a widespread impact on how you make your way through life.

Instead of concentrating on the past, CBT is designed to address the psychological problems in the present and provides you with self-help tools that allow you to take back control of your life.

What conditions does cognitive therapy treat?

Dr. Salvage turns to cognitive therapy to address many different psychological problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Relationship issues

While psychotherapies and medications address deeper, long-standing issues that are rooted in the past, Dr. Salvage takes you to the present through cognitive therapy and shows you how you can recognize, and correct, negative thinking and behavioral patterns before you take action, often through contrary action.

This treatment protocol is a very effective tool for most mental issues, and Dr. Salvage routinely uses it to provide you with short-term, actionable solutions. Through accountability, self-help, and agenda-setting, Dr. Salvage shows you how you can better manage real-life issues, allowing you to thrive in the world around you.

How long does cognitive therapy take?

There’s no single answer to this question as it depends upon how deeply rooted your negative thinking and behaviors are. Cognitive therapy isn’t designed for long-term use, but rather short-term gains that improve your thoughts and actions.

In short, the cognitive therapy that Dr. Salvage provides requires your active involvement, and the more work you put in, the faster you’ll see results.


To find out whether cognitive therapy can help you better cope in the world, call David Salvage, MD, FAPM, or fill out the online form to request a consultation.

Dr. Salvage does not take insurance but can supply documentation for you to send to your insurance if you have out of network beneifts.