Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) addresses the thoughts, behaviors and feelings that can lead to unhelpful and sometimes negative self-concepts and self-defeating behaviors. The focus is on the issue that brought you into therapy by developing a deeper, compassionate understanding of yourself and the way you think and problem-solve. Our sessions will focus on identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts, with a goal of replacing self-defeating habits and beliefs with healthy, supportive ones. To the extent needed we will want to understand how you developed your current thinking patterns and beliefs; but unlike some types of psychotherapy, we will spend most of our time talking about the present and working on addressing the issue you came to therapy for.
Changes are made as you become ready, putting you in total control of your journey. Your goals are important, your desire for a fulfilling, enjoyable life is worthy of time and effort, and together we will work toward a greater understanding of the problem you are addressing and how to manage it. One of the benefits of CBT is that during our work together you will develop a set of skills and tools that will last a lifetime, and that you can apply whenever you need them. Depending on your goals, your work might include engaging in regular self-monitoring throughout the week as well as completing assignments geared toward improved insight, greater self-awareness and reaching your goals.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy was originally used to treat depression and anxiety but has been found to be an effective treatment model for a variety of issues ranging from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse.
For deeper held conflicts or trauma I might also utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), another research-based tool that incorporates elements of cognitive therapy in its focus on cognitions (thoughts) and use of cognitive interweaves, dynamic therapy in its use of free association and catharsis, neurolinguistic programing in its use of distancing techniques, behavioral therapy in its use of imaginal exposure, and elements from other approaches.