More Therapeutic Approaches
Every client is an individual and we will discuss which treatment modalities will be most effective for your particular issue and for you. I use a variety of modalities including but not limited to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which focuses on exploring relationships among your thoughts, feelings and behaviors and cognitive therapy which focuses on how you are thinking, behaving, and communicating today.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT I will be actively working with you to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.
By addressing these patterns, you and I can work together to develop constructive ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs. For example, CBT can help someone replace thoughts that lead to low self-esteem (“I can’t do anything right”) with positive expectations (“I can do this most of the time, based on my prior experiences”).
The core principles of CBT are identifying negative or false beliefs and testing or restructuring them. Oftentimes while being treated with CBT you will have homework in between sessions where you practice replacing negative thoughts with more realistic thoughts based on prior experiences or record negative thoughts in a journal.
Studies of CBT have shown it to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders to name a couple. CBT has also shown good result in helping people with Tinnitus. People who undergo CBT show changes in brain activity, suggesting that this therapy actually improves your brain functioning as well.
Cognitive therapy is a relatively short-term, focused psychotherapy for a wide range of psychological problems including depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, panic, fears, eating disorders, substance abuse, alcohol abuse and dependence and personality problems. The focus of therapy is on how you are thinking, behaving, and communicating today rather than on your early childhood experiences. I assist you in identifying specific distortions and biases in thinking and provide guidance on how to change this thinking.
Cognitive therapy helps you learn effective self-help skills that are used in homework assignments that help you change the way you think, feel and behave now. Cognitive therapy is action-oriented, practical, rational, and helps you gain independence and effectiveness in dealing with real-life issues.