Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The cornerstone of my treatment approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of talk therapy that focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviors. CBT is present and future oriented, versus some traditional therapy methods which emphasize the past. With CBT, your therapist is an active participant in the change process. Learning skills to challenge faulty thinking and unhealthy behavior patterns is a regular part of CBT sessions. The practice of skill building outside of our sessions is a valuable component of this type of therapy.
Extensive research has shown that CBT is proven effective in leading to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. Research shows that teletherapy (virtual sessions) using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is proven to be just as effective as traditional in-person sessions.
More recently modified therapy types of CBT include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Both DBT and ACT skills are utilized in my sessions as well. These skills are beneficial in that they dial in focus on acceptance, mindfulness and emotional balance.