CBT Therapist in Port Jefferson, NY — treating anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Rediscover your joy and thrive with practical tools for lasting change.

Why do you feel this way when your life seems so good from the outside?

You have a good job, an active social life, and people who care about you. Yet, behind closed doors, life feels heavy, dark, and empty. Getting out of bed each morning is an exhausting battle, and the things that used to bring you joy now seem distant and uninteresting.

People don’t understand how hard it is to be you. 

There’s so much pressure. You need to be a good friend, lover, employee, parent, and human being. You’re supposed to love going out on the town and be a leader at work. Yet, all you really want to do is hide from the world.

It’s time for a change. Instead of asking, “What’s wrong with me?” start asking, “What can I do to change my life?” Finding a therapist in Long Island can help you rediscover joy, hope, and purpose. Together, we will lift the darkness and let your inner light shine.

I offer in-person CBT therapy in Port Jefferson and New York online therapy across Long Island and NYS:

I provide in-person and online therapy in New York

Reignite your passion and reclaim your life.

Imagine a life where each morning brings excitement rather than exhaustion. Picture yourself embracing each day with a sense of purpose and enthusiasm. Your relationships are flourishing, and you find joy in connecting with others. At work, you are a powerhouse, confidently tackling challenges and enjoying your career.

When you are no longer weighed down by self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and trauma, you radiate confidence and self-assuredness.

This is the life you deserve, and it’s within your reach. Through working alongside a CBT therapist in Port Jefferson, NY, you can transform your world, replacing darkness with light, and rediscovering the joy, hope, and purpose that are waiting for you.

Dr. Vanessa Gomes, PhD, is a therapist in Long Island, NY.

Get practical tools for lasting change with a CBT therapist in Port Jefferson, NY.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based approach that helps you understand and reshape how you think and behave. It’s not a magic wand, but it’s pretty close. CBT provides practical, hands-on tools and techniques that can help you navigate the challenges life throws your way.

CBT equips you with the skills to identify negative thought patterns, challenge them, and replace them with more helpful ones.

It’s not about sweeping your feelings under the rug or pretending they don’t exist. It’s about acknowledging them, understanding them, and then choosing how to respond. A CBT psychologist in Suffolk County helps you rewrite the script of your life, empowering you to overcome your pain and step into the brighter, more fulfilling future you’ve envisioned. Reach out today to learn more.

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Are you looking for a psychologist near me to help with low self-esteem?

Silence your inner critic.

It’s tough to get through the day when your mind is stuck in a never-ending loop of self-doubt and self-criticism. That inner voice, constantly questioning your worth and abilities, can be relentless. At some point in life you felt happy … but, is that even possible anymore?

CBT rewrites your life’s story — providing tools to challenge those negative thoughts, reframe your self-perception, and build a healthier self-esteem.

Imagine waking up with a sense of purpose and excitement, looking in the mirror and genuinely loving the person you see. CBT therapy in New York can help you confidently navigate life’s ups and downs, handle your emotions with ease, and finally feel like you’re enough.

Whether it’s at work, in your relationships, or within yourself, true transformation begins here. Schedule a free consultation to learn more.

Are you looking for a therapist in Suffolk County?

Improve your relationships.

The weight of your internal struggles casts a shadow on all your romantic and platonic relationships. It’s as if you’re holding back, always waiting for the next shoe to drop. Connecting with others is a challenge, since you keep everyone at arm’s length out of fear of being let down.

It’s tough to trust and be vulnerable when life has shown you it’s not safe to let your guard down.

CBT counseling in Port Jefferson helps you foster deep, fulfilling relationships that bring joy and support into your life. When you have practical tools to overcome your internal obstacles, it becomes easier to manage your emotions and build healthier connections. Reach out to learn more.

A psychologist in Long Island can help high achievers succeed professionally.

Thrive in the workplace.

While your career can be a source of fulfillment, it also is a place where your insecurities come up on a daily basis. Even when you’re producing quality work, the drive to excel is overshadowed by the fear of not being good enough. Soon, you’re stuck in a relentless cycle that leaves you questioning your worth and purpose. You are not alone.

CBT therapy offers practical strategies to break free from self-doubt, reignite your professional spark, and get that promotion you’ve been dreaming of.

Everything shifts when you have the tools to manage your emotions and handle challenges, big or small. Work become easier without the persistent lack of motivation and energy. When your confidence goes up, better pay and more fulfilling projects become within reach. It’s time to transform your work-life narrative. Reach out today and schedule a free consult to learn more.

Learn practical tools to transform your life.

Looking for a compassionate therapist near me in Port Jefferson, NY?

Uncover the hidden roots of your struggles.

Most people come to therapy looking for help with anxiety or depression. Or, they just want to “be happy and less stressed.” However, once we begin diving into the specifics, we often discover that something called “complex trauma” is hiding beneath all those thoughts and behaviors you’re hoping to change.

Don’t be fooled by the name. You don’t need to have experienced an attack or witnessed a tragic accident to suffer from complex trauma. Complex trauma refers to prolonged and severe exposure to traumatic events, typically occurring during childhood. Examples of complex trauma include childhood abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual), neglect, domestic violence, and living in a war zone or experiencing ongoing community violence.

Imagine if your worries, low self-esteem, failures at work, or recurring relationship challenges had roots in experiences you hadn’t recognized as traumatic.

Awareness is the first step towards healing. By acknowledging the potential influence of complex trauma, you open the door to understanding and addressing the challenges you face. CBT can be an invaluable tool, empowering you to recognize and reframe negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors rooted in complex trauma.

If you are ready to dive deep, reevaluate all the stories you’ve spent your life telling yourself, and reclaim control over your life, I’m here to help. Reach out today and book a free 15-minute phone consult to learn more. 

Get evidence based help from a psychologist in Suffolk County who offers online and in-person therapy.

How does CBT therapy work?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach. It operates on the premise that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected. It recognizes that negative thoughts trigger distressing emotions that lead to maladaptive behaviors. 

Through CBT, we aim to identify and modify unhelpful thoughts to bring about positive changes in emotions and behaviors. Sessions are dedicated to identifying specific beliefs that contribute to negative emotions and unwanted behaviors. 

This results-oriented approach allows you to take an active role in therapy, providing you with a toolbox of practical strategies to navigate life’s challenges.

CBT is a structured and goal-oriented therapy with a clear focus on skill building and symptom reduction. These skills are designed to empower you to manage your emotions, improve your well-being, and enhance your overall quality of life.

CBT is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, it’s highly adaptable to the unique needs of each person. Reach out today to learn more about how CBT can help you.

Learn to let go of your worries, relax, and enjoy the present moment with online CBT.

Looking for a therapist in Port Jefferson, NY?

Hi. I'm Dr Vanessa Gomes, PhD.

My approach blends the precision of science with the warmth of human connection. I know that opening up and seeking help can be daunting, but I’m here to provide a non-judgmental and safe space where your story can be heard and understood.

Having grown up in Brazil and the USA, I’ve learned firsthand how culture and background can shape our experiences and beliefs, making me more sensitive to the cultural diversity that enriches our lives.

Your story fascinates me, and I’m genuinely interested in understanding your experiences, challenges, and aspirations.

We will work as a team to help you reshape your thoughts, peacefully coexist with your emotions, manage life’s ups and downs, and rediscover the sense of self-worth you deserve.

With over 16 years of experience, I’ve made it my mission to continuously learn and grow.

By staying on the cutting edge of psychology and CBT research, I can provide you with the most effective tools and strategies for your unique journey. Here are a few of my career highlights:

  • New York Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • New York State’s first Beck Certified CBT psychologist
  • Provided parent training and therapeutic services for the Department of Social Services of Suffolk County, NY
  • MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

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Please note — The only insurance I accept is Aetna and my rate is $250/session.