Cognitive Behavior Therapy

This program is now offering virtual programming through telehealth, in addition to safe, on-site treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program helps men and women develop the skills to effectively manage depression, anxiety, substance abuse and many other psychiatric disorders. The program runs Monday through Friday starting at 9 a.m. and ending at at 3:30 p.m. At the end of the day, you return home to practice the interpersonal and coping skills learned in the program.

Patients arrive at the hospital each morning and stay for six hours a day. At the end of the day, they return home to practice the interpersonal and coping skills learned in the program. These programs have proven to be effective treatment options for patients whose symptoms or level of functioning require more intensive treatment than outpatient care can provide but do not need inpatient hospitalization.

Contact Information:

CBT Partial Hospital Program
Butler Hospital
345 Blackstone Boulevard
1st Floor Goddard Building
Providence, RI 02906
P: 1 (844) 401-0111

Expert care that combines home and hospital. To learn more and to schedule an appointment call 1 (844) 401-0111, available 24/7.

For Physicians and Clinicians 
Physicians and clinicians, you may fax us a completed Patient Referral Form or a representative at our Call Center will also assist you in starting the admissions process.

Patient Referral Form

Looking for an MSW/MA Internship Opportunity?

Please email your request along with resume to Erin Ursillo at
Please note: To intern in our partial programs, MSW or MA students must be able to commit to a schedule of M-F in the mornings so that they can carry a caseload.

About CBT

CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on thoughts, feelings and behaviors; the way you think affects the way that you feel which also affects the way you act. CBT offers a problem-solving approach to living. While you cannot control other people or situations, you can control the way you perceive and react to a particular situation. CBT teaches you the skills to change your thinking and manage your reactions to stressful people and situations. Treatment consists of individual and group therapy, medication management, and aftercare planning.

Partial Hospital Admissions & FAQs

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is designed to help you overcome:
  • Feeling depressed a lot of the time
  • Having trouble sleeping or low energy
  • Not feeling like your usual self
  • Becoming upset or tearful easily
  • Feeling anxious or worrying a lot
  • Having panic attacks
  • Experiencing mood swings that come on suddenly
  • Having thoughts of suicide
  • Having trouble thinking clearly
  • Having trouble calming down
  • Using troublesome behaviors to feel better temporarily
  • Having suffered stress that makes it hard to function
  • Having difficulty enjoying life

Learn More About the Program

How long will I attend the program?

The program length is individualized to your needs but does require a minimum commitment of five days. We ask that you make attendance in the program a priority during this time.

What is a typical day like?

On a typical day, you will participate in two or three groups each morning and two groups in the afternoon, with a 10–15 minute break between each group. There is a one hour break for lunch at noon.

What should I bring with me?
  • Picture identification.
  • Insurance card.
  • List of current medications.
  • Name and contact information for current outpatient providers.
  • Lunch (or you may use the cafeteria services).
  • Many people find it helpful to bring a notebook.
What happens when I am ready to leave the program?

During the CBT program, a treatment team works with you to determine the most helpful aftercare plan for your individual needs. Before leaving the program, you will receive a discharge instruction sheet, which includes follow-up plans, outpatient appointments, and any necessary prescriptions. The program also offers a free CBT skills aftercare group every Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 p.m. for patients who have completed the program and are seeking ongoing support.

Family Involvement

The involvement of your family and others who play a significant role in your life is important to the success of your recovery. Family and couples sessions are arranged as needed. No contact will be made with your family or others without your consent, except in the case of an emergency.

Meet the Team

Paul B. Lieberman, MD

Unit Chief

Sheila Russell, LICSW

Director of Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient Services

Cathy Horton, RN

Nurse Manager

Lana G. Elhalabi, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Jose Rengifo, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Joann Calise, APRN

Program Therapist

Donna Martin, RN

Program Therapist

Jasmine Appleberry, LICSW

Program Therapist

Frank Corrigan, LICSW

Program Therapist

Diana Huynh, LICSW

Program Therapist

Melissa Meyer, LMHC

Program Therapist

Maggie Peruto, LMHC

Program Therapist

Ashlee Rotatori, LICSW

Program Therapist

Janice Wright, RN

Social Services Clinician/UR Coordinator

Stephen Flynn

Mental Health Worker

Caitlin Marusak, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Randy Conroy, COTA/L

Occupational Therapist

Claire MacKenzie, COTA/L

Occupational Therapist

Ernie Staltare, COTA/L

Occupational Therapist