Effective treatments for anxiety, depression, and relationship problems


Nonjudgmental, supportive therapy for youth and adults


We work collaboratively to help you develop coping strategies and achieve your unique goals

Joel Minden, PhD

Joel Minden, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  • Director of the Chico Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • California Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PSY27859
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, DePaul University, 2004
  • Author of CBT and Me at Psychology Today
  • Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Chico
  • CC-AASP (Certified Consultant-Association for Applied Sport Psychology) #532
  • Listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry, 2017-2020
  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association)

About CBT

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for emotional and behavior problems. Learn to think, feel, and function better.

Anxiety Treatment

Information on anxiety symptoms and disorders, effective treatment, and the services I provide.

Choosing a Provider

What to consider when exploring options for counseling and psychotherapy.

Welcome to My Practice

Learn more about my approach to treatment, my background, and the services I offer.

Frequently Asked Questions


How Can You Help Me?

I provide psychotherapy for a variety of concerns, including anxiety and related disorders, major and chronic depression, anger, relationship problems, stress management, parenting challenges, behavior modification, and life transitions.

What Is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is sometimes called counseling or talk therapy. The purpose is to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for you to develop personal insight and coping skills.

What Is A Psychologist?

In California, a psychologist is licensed by the state’s Board of Psychology. To become licensed, one must earn a doctorate in clinical, counseling, or educational psychology, complete 3000 hours of pre- and post-doctoral supervised professional experience, and pass national and state licensing exams.

Who Are Your Clients?

I see children, teens, and adults for individual psychotherapy. I also offer parenting support and consulting services for athletes and performing artists.

What Is Sport Psychology?

My sport psychology services include both traditional psychotherapy for athletes and mental skills training to help you perform your best.

What Is Your Treatment Orientation?

My approach to treatment will depend on your unique goals, which we’ll identify in the first few sessions. For symptoms of anxiety and depression, most people benefit from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment that’s collaborative and goal-directed.

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive behavior therapy examines how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected, and this information is used to create plans to feel better and improve functioning.

What Will The First Session Be Like?

The first session takes 75 minutes for an intake assessment of personal history, problem identification, goal setting, treatment planning, and discussion of policies.

How Long Are Sessions?

The first session will be 75 minutes. Additional sessions are 50 minutes.

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

After the first few sessions, most people begin to feel hopeful about the future and motivated to change. In the sessions that follow, we’ll emphasize skill building. Everyone’s different, but this often takes an additional 8 to 16 sessions.

What Are Your Fees?

Fees are $150 for 50-minute sessions for psychotherapy, testing, and performance enhancement services. The initial session is $225 for 75 minutes.

Do You Accept Insurance?

At this time, I do not accept insurance. However, your insurance company may provide partial reimbursement for services provided to treat a mental health condition diagnosed by a qualified professional. I will be happy to provide a "superbill" with all the necessary information for you to submit a claim to your insurance company directly.

Interviews and Articles


Self-Help Blog

CBT and Me


Interview: The Problem with Positive Thinking
Ethan Bearman Problem with Positive Thinking

Overcome negative thinking

Prove It: Overcome Negative Thinking with Targeted Action

Overcome negative thinking patterns by changing behavior first. Give yourself evidence to think in more realistic and useful ways.

Productivity Boosters

Productivity Boosters

Want to boost productivity? Here’s how to do as much as you can, as well as you can, and as efficiently as you can, in 9 simple steps.

Do More Feel Better

Do More, Feel Better

Waiting for depression to go away is the passive approach. Instead, we can do more, and feel better.

Weight-Loss Floss

Weight-Loss Floss and the Art of Health Behavior Change

How I used “weight-loss floss” and other behavior modification strategies to defeat the obstacles to healthy eating and working out.

Beat Procrastination in 3 Steps

Beat Procrastination in 3 Steps

Address the ABCs of behavior change to beat procrastination. Spend less time thinking and move from distractibility to productivity.

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

The way we think about social anxiety can have a big impact on the intensity of symptoms. Here’s what to do about it.



Contact information

  • 341 Broadway St #414, Chico, CA 95928
  • Phone: 530-690-5635
  • Working hours:
  • Mondays: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Wednesdays: 1 pm to 7 pm
  • Fridays: 8 am to 7 pm
  • Saturdays: 8 am to 12 pm

Chico Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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