Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC, PhD, Psychologist in La Jolla
We realize the importance of developing a supportive therapy relationship based in trust, mutual respect, and clear understanding of your unique background, values,and needs. At the Cognitive Therapy Institute, we work with you to identify goals and to develop a plan for reaching your goals in a sensible and effective way. Often our clients experience increased confidence and success in a relatively short time, largely because we offer clear guidance and techniques using the latest Cognitive Behavioral Treatments. You learn skills and strategies to resolve current difficulties and to enjoy a good quality of life in the years ahead.
We specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), proven effective in overcoming panic, anxiety, depression... and in reaching personal and career goals. CBT is active, focused, and practical. We offer a supportive relationship but go far beyond simply "talking about your problems". You will receive clear guidance and develop important life skills.
Many therapists claim to offer CBT but have had little training in this approach. Dr. Shenk is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy,, and has years of advanced training. We offer proven treatments, with very good success rates, for panic, anxiety, OCD, and many other conditions.
Call or Email Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC for a free phone consultation now - (858) 201-6524


  • Years in Practice: 20+ Years
  • School: UCLA
  • Year Graduated: 1988
  • License No. and State: PSY 11550 California


  • Avg Cost (per session): $60 - $230
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: ACH Bank transfer, American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, Paypal, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • A out of network provider
  • We submit the insurance claims for you
  • Out of Network
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Additional Credentials

  • Membership: Academy of Cognitive Therapy/#00270
  • Member Since: 1998
  • Membership: Internation Assoc Cognitive Ps
  • Member Since: 1996

Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC's Groups

Genrealized Anxiety Therapy Group - 15 Weeks

We are offering a 15-week therapy group that utilizes an evidence-based, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach specifically developed for GAD. This recently advanced approach has increased the effectiveness of treatment for this chronic, challenging disorder by including: * Metacognitive Therapy (responding to and changing assumptions and patterns of thinking) * Mindfulness (directing attention to the present moment, in a calming way) *Distinguishing productive vs. unproductive worry, letting go of unhelpful, stressful thinking

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OCD Therapy Group (open - ended group)

Our OCD Therapy Groups employ cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), This group is appropriate and effective for individuals with or without medications for OCD. The group will include 5-8 members, and is designed to offer treatment, not simply support. The program is intended to bring significant progress in 12-20 weeks, but is open-ended and offers longer term treatment and support for those who need or prefer that option. The treatment program includes: Education about OCD and the specific CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Empathy and understanding from others who experience this difficult OCD struggle.

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Panic and Agoraphobia Therapy Group - 12 Weeks

Our Panic & Agoraphobia Therapy Groups employ a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocol that has proven very effective in bringing recovery to thousands of those who have suffered for months, even many years. We offering guidance, support and skills that are effective with or without medications. You will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for lasting recovery and for resuming a normal life. We use the book "An End to Panic". Our therapy groups include 5-8 members. Call to be added to the wait list for the next group, and to confirm day/time.

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  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)


  • ADHD
  • Anger Management
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Counseling
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Phobias
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD

Mental Health

  • Elderly Persons Disorders
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Client Focus

Ethnicity: Hispanic and Latino, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Alternative Languages: Spanish


  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • ERP- Exposure Response Prevention
  • Family / Marital
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017
Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC, PhD, Psychologist in La Jolla

Cognitive Therapy Institute, APC

Psychologist, PhD