About Me and What I Do

CBT

How is it different from other types of therapy? 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the theory that the way you, and I, process a situation has more to do with our reaction, rather than the situation itself. When something happens, our perceptions may not always be entirely realistic or helpful, particularly if we are stressed or upset. CBT helps us 1) identify distressing thoughts and 2) evaluate how realistic the thoughts are, and 3) learn and practice more helpful and adaptive ways of thinking about situations. When that happens, we feel better. The emphasis is also consistently on solving problems and initiating behavioral changes. 


My mission is to provide quality, evidence-based methods to help you learn to live your best life, especially those listed as 'evidence-based' by the American Psychological Association. I don’t go with the latest trend. I care about you, and so I use what works. 


In addition, CBT teaches you skills to take care of yourself, rather than relying on your therapist to help you solve problems indefinitely. CBT targets the maladaptive thinking and behaviors that are prolonging them. It maybe that whatever you're doing to cope, even if it gives short-term relief, is prolonging the problem over time. 


CBT has been shown in research to be the most effective treatment for most people, for many problems. Other therapies such as EMDR, Tapping, or Emotion-focused therapy, have not been proven to be better.  


I'm not going to be your "forever" therapist; rather, I'm hoping to become obsolete as you learn how to manage the challenges that come up in your life. 


Together, we'll work together to make plans for reducing the behaviors that are getting in the way of your best life.


No magic bells, buzzers, eye-movements, or lights in CBT. 


Just you, and learning to take care of yourself. 


Click to read from the National Institutes of Health: Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy




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