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, 2013-2016
  • CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association)

Frequently Asked Questions


How Can You Help Me?

I provide psychotherapy for a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, body image and disordered eating, stress management, parenting support, behavior modification, and life transitions. I also offer sport psychology consulting for athletes and performing artists.

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 counseling and psychological evaluations. In addition to my general practice, I also provide services for athletes, musicians, and other 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, 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.

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Contact information

  • Address: 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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