Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - An Effective Treatment Choice
I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is what we call an evidence based treatment. In other words, it is based on scientific theory, and there is good research showing that it is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems. There are literally thousands of studies showing that CBT is effective for treating depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorders, stress disorders, dysfunctional anger, improving the quality of life for patients with chronic physical pain and illness, and many other problems as well.
CBT involves two main types of interventions. First, it identifies where people's style of thinking and interpretation of events is contributing to their psychological symptoms. CBT then helps people to develop healthier, more objective ways of thinking and processing what is happening in their lives, and to challenge and refute dysfunctional or distorted thoughts. Second, it teaches people effective coping skills, and helps people to break harmful behavior patterns which may be maintaining their symptoms.
As such, CBT is not a one size fits all treatment. There are a number of different strategies we use to target specific problems. When you begin treatment, we will put together a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs, and to help you achieve your objectives.
CBT is very goal-oriented, and often short-term in nature. People work on learning skills in session, and then complete "homework assignments" which focus on applying those skills in their daily lives. Finally, CBT is a real collaboration between the patient and the therapist; we work as a team to help you achieve your goals.