About Us

Christine A. Padesky, PhD

Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD

The people behind the MindOverMood.com website are Christine A. Padesky, PhD and Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD.

In April 1983, they developed and founded the Center for Cognitive Therapy after Dr. Aaron T. Beck, MD (the founder of cognitive therapy) asked them to open a therapy and training center in Southern California. The Center was in Newport Beach from 1983-2000. In November 2000, they relocated to their present site in Huntington Beach.

On September 29, 1999, the www.MindOverMood.com website was launched. It is specifically designed for the public and provides mental health education and resources which are consistent with evidence-based psychotherapy practices as taught in the bestselling CBT workbook Mind Over Mood, Second Edition.

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Christine A. Padesky, PhD

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Books (Padesky)

Awards (Padesky)

  • 2022: Appointed as Visiting Professor with the School of Psychology, University of East London (UEL). Acknowledging the contribution you have made to UEL. “We really appreciate your valuable contribution to our students through previous invited talks. These have enriched the learning environment through providing direct access to your world-leading professional and practical expertise and experience.” (Professor Ian Tucker)
  • 2017: Elected Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.
  • 2016: The second edition of Mind Over Mood received second place in the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), 2016 Book of the Year Awards, in the Consumer Health category. The Book of the Year Awards are defined as “the most valuable texts of 2016, as chosen by AJN’s panel of judges.”
  • 2007: Recipient Aaron T. Beck Award from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (now called the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies). The Aaron T. Beck Award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.
  • 2007: Recipient Aaron T. Beck Award from the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College (www.assumption.edu)
  • 2007: Recipient 24th Annual Feldman Lecture, Grey Nuns Community Hospital, Edmonton, Canada (www.feldmanlecture.ca): “A New Paradigm for Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders.”  The Feldman Lecture Series was created in 1983 and has been offered for over 30 years. It was made possible as a result of a generous donation from Zane Feldman, former President of the Edmonton Oil Kings and recipient of the Order of Canada Medal in 1992.
  • 2003: Recipient of the “Distinguished Contribution to Psychology” award from the California Psychological AssociationThe Distinguished Contribution to Psychology award honors a psychologist or non-psychologist who has improved the image of psychology by increasing the public’s understanding of the discipline and/or the profession of psychology. This award is open to all Californians and is intended to promote good will and broader understanding of the field. The person nominated might be a writer (both print and electronic), teacher, manager/administrator, health professional, mental health advocate or the like. The important factor is that the public’s understanding and awareness of psychology is increased in some significant way by the nominee’s contribution.
  • 2002: Named the “Most Influential International Cognitive Behavioural Therapist” by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies
  • 2002: the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy named ​Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think the most influential cognitive therapy book of all time

Kathleen A. Mooney, PhD

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Publications (Mooney)

  • Padesky, C. A. & Mooney, K.A. (2012). Strengths-based Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy: A four-step model to build resilience. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy19 (4), 283-90.
  • Mooney, K.A. & Padesky, C.A. (2004). Construindo Possibilidades e Tolerando a Dúvida e a Ambiguidade. In: Knapp, Paulo (Ed). Terapia cognitivo-comportamental na pratica, pp 496-507. Porto Alegre: Artmed [Translation of 2000 article].
  • Mooney, K.A. & Padesky, C.A. (2000). Applying client creativity to recurrent problems: Constructing possibilities and tolerating doubt. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 14 (2), 149-161.
  • Persons, J. B., Mooney, K. A., & Padesky, C. A. (1995). Interrater reliability of cognitive-behavioral case formulations. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 19 (1) 21-34.
  • Padesky, C.A., & Mooney, K.A. (1991). Clinical tip: Presenting the cognitive model to clients. International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter, 6, 13-14.

Web, PowerPoint & Media (Mooney)

  • 1989-current: Designer & developer of PowerPoint CBT presentations (originally developed in Microsoft Publisher).
  • 1989-current: Designer & developer of Digital Padesky (formerly known as Cognitive Therapy Training on Disc™). Audio and Video CBT training exclusively for mental health professionals.
  • 1998-current: Designer & developer of www.padesky.com. A website exclusively for Mental Health Professionals.
  • 1999-current: Designer & developer of www.MindOverMood.com. A website for the Public.
  • 2007-current: Designer & developer of www.Store.Padesky.com. A web store exclusively for Mental Health Professionals.
  • 2007-current: Redesign & maintenance of www.LawrenceCHS.com. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) historical society in Western Pennsylvania.
  • 2010-current: Design & develop YouTube videos featuring CBT.
  • 2010-current: Design Twitter account for padesky.com.
  • 2019-current: Design & develop webpages and videos for PopUpCBT.com and their YouTube and Instagram accounts.

Center for Cognitive Therapy, Huntington Beach, California

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  • WE NO LONGER PROVIDE CLIENT SERVICES (since 2016). You can read helpful information on how to find a CBT therapist on our FIND A CBT THERAPIST webpage.
  • WE OFFER TEACHING AND TRAINING of mental health professionals and students in a mental health field. Visit our events calendar at https://www.padesky.com/events/
  • WE PROVIDE CONSULTATION TO LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. For information about our consultation services, visit: https://www.padesky.com/cbt-consultation/

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm Pacific Time



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