About the Cordier's

New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy was first created in 2003, by Dr. Thomas Cordier and his wife Jennifer. Dr. Cordier is the founder of the Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Treatment system that has gained a tremendous amount of popularity here in New England.   

Dr. Cordier first began developing the model almost by accident. He had just opened his private practice and had clients that said they were getting better, but he believed that they were not. So, he began testing them with empirically validated test scores. As he suspected, there was little improvement even though the clients reported how much they enjoyed meeting with him and that they always  felt better when seeing him.  However, Dr. Cordier observed very little was changing in their lives. 

It took almost a decade to create the intricate model that incorporates neuroscience, cbt, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and many other elements into a treatment module/self help book that progresses step by step as patients learn, incorporate and began to change their thinking, feelings, behaviors and social connections.  In 2016, Dr. Cordier  published his first textbook validating his first study with teens and depression. ( Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the 21st Century Recipe for Success, Nova Publications), 15 years later, the I-CBT method has helped thousands of individuals and families find mental health wellness. 

The Cordier's wanted to develop real help for people if they were going to put their name to their work.  They wanted to results to be real and outcomes to be lasting.  More than anything, they wanted to make this treatment accessible and understandable  for anyone.   The model was created by the everyday human experience that can involve trauma, loss, abuse, neglect, depression, defeat and turn them into life lessons of strength, hope, encouragement, and happiness.  

Never before has there ever been a model so comprehensive and  easy to understand as the I-CBT system. All ages and learning abilities can comprehend the easy to use step by step process, backed by thousands of theories, studies and other effective methods. 

The Cordier's goal is to leave the world, just a little bit better than they found it and believe that if we can all learn to step back and express ourselves with less impulsiveness and more understanding of one another, the world could be just a little more rational and a lot more happy. 


Common Questions & Answers

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an umbrella term for evidence based treatment that envolves helping patient/clients change their thoughts. Many types of models fall under the CBT category such as: Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT.  The CBT model that is used at New England Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is called Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, considred the "new school of thought" in CBT due to it's structured nature and the usage of a step by step manual. 

How long is Cognitive Behavioral Treatment?

As mentioned above, we use the Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Treatment system as our Center's practice model. I-CBT focuses on emotion and emotional intelligence and goes deeper than traditional CBT. Treatment for many lasts about 24 - 28 week. Please use this as an estimate, because treatment is focused on the individual and the individual's ability to start incorporating the skills into their lives.  Treatment combines talk therapy and psycho-education in a step by step manner.  There is simply no way of telling just how long each person will take. However, less than 1% of the patients stay for longer than one year.   It's all based on how you work the program! 

Do you use CBT for children ?

We do treat children up through adolescents. However, with  young children, we will work primarily with  parents to teach them interventions and tools to use within the household.  Depending on age and issue, we craft the treatment plan that will have the most optimal outcomes for children and their families. 

Parent Training and Groups

You might have heard that our treatment involves three tiers: individual, groups, and Parent Empowerment Training.  Parents are taught the same skills as their children in addition to  behavioral skills. The program requires commitment, but you will quickly see, especially if you have been to other places, why the program has had the success that it has. 

Is your program just a group?

No! Treatment does use groups, but the emphasis for us is individualized treatment.   In our program, depending on your age and circumstance - you will have individual treatment, group and behavioral parent training (18 years and younger), young adults - individual and group (depending on age and severity parents are welcome to join the Parent Empowerment Training)  - adults typically just individual therapy. When you call the office, we can give you a really good idea of what your treatment will most likely consist of, provide you your estimates for out of pocket costs - please keep in mind that it is not a guarantee of treatment and it is the Psychotherapist that will oversee and conduct the treatment plan. The consultants can only provide you general details. 

Can I come in to see if I am going to like the Psychotherapist

You may come in to see if you like your therapist. However,  the first time you meet with a Psychotherapist, we start the assessment and billing process and they will explain the program. You are free to drop out of the program at anytime. If for some reason you and your psychotherapist don't click, we may place you with another provider.

What is Interpersonal - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Treatment is a treatment system created by Thomas A. Cordier, PhD. The treatment is delivered in a step by step process.  I-CBT combines some of the best that psychology has to offer into one  hybrid treatment consisting of CBT & Emotional Intelligence. Treatment is delivered in a series of workbook modules that build into each other, creating a self help book that is tailored around the individual undergoing treatment. 

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Treatment for Depression , Anxiety, Behavioral Disorders

I-CBT is a universal treatment system that is used as a basis for most mental health issues. The treatment is tailored to the individual that is undergoing treatment.  

Testing Batteries

An integral part of treatment is using testing batteries for provider accountability and patient progress. BECK Anxiety Scales and BECK Depression Anxiety along with Rational Emotive Testing Scale created by Dr. Cordier, helps track the progress of each individual patient in treatment. As rational thinking improves, anxiety and depression scores decrease. 

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The "I" in I-CBT

The "I" in I-CBT refers to three main concepts: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Integrative. Many make the mistake of assuming the "I" means the relationship between provider and patient. True, the therapeutic bond is key for progress. However, the "I" has a much deeper meaning: the incorporation of Interpersonal Skills or "Emotional Intelligence" . I-CBT is Integrative as it incorporates some of the best tools ever developed in mental health and may be added to the model  making I-CBT organic and allowing the model to evolve and incorporate new ideas and concepts that are evidence based or show promise for advancements.  

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I-CBT Certifiation

There are 3 levels of certification. 

Level I: Resident level / Adult treatment 

Level II: Licensed providers / can teach the I-CBT Family Treatment System

Diplomat: Has a proven track record of I-CBT implementation, understanding of the model, and is able to train other providers. It is not I-CBT if the provider is not certified by the American Center of CBT in Connecticut. 

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Is this group treatment

No. Treatment is focused on the the individual and the individual's specific needs and learning style. Groups are a part of the treatment model, however, our groups are intended to be workshops that allow individuals practice skills and learn how to better interact with their peers. 

Do you accept insurance?

We accept some insurances. However, we really on a sliding scale.  When you call the office for an appointment, we will go over the cost of treatment  prior to treatment so you understand cost. 

What is Parent Empowerment Training?

When we work with children 18 and under (and often young adults struggling). The children and teen programs require parents to be part of the process. Families / guardians are an essential part of treatment success.