COGNITIVE – BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. Guided by empirical research, CBT focuses on the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviors, and emotional regulation. It was originally designed to treat depression, and is now used for a number of mental health conditions.
The CBT model is based on the combination of the basic principles from behavioral and cognitive psychology. This wave of therapy has been termed the second wave. Behavioral therapy is thus now referred to as the first wave. The most recent wave is the third wave, and this contains the mindfulness-based therapies. CBT sits firmly within the second wave. It is different from historical approaches to psychotherapy, such as the psychoanalytic approach where the therapist looks for the unconscious meaning behind the behaviors and then formulates a diagnosis. Instead, CBT is a “problem-focused” and “action-oriented” form of therapy, meaning it is used to treat specific problems related to a diagnosed mental disorder.
The therapist’s role is to assist the client in finding and practicing effective strategies to address the identified goals and decrease symptoms of the disorder. CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviors play a role in the development and maintenance of psychological disorders, and that symptoms and associated distress can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.
Client Concerns I Treat
Bellow you can find list of concerns for which you can get my expert advice.
- Aging and Geriatric Issues
Blended Family Issues
Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
Pregnancy and Birthing
Prejudice / Discrimination
Social Anxiety / Phobia
Child and/or Adolescent Issues
Chronic Illness / Disability
Compulsive Spending / Shopping
Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Eating and Food Issues
Relationships and Marriage
Family of Origin Issues
Health / Illness / Medical Issues
Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
Military and Veterans Issues
Money and Financial Issues
Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
Sensitivity to Criticism
Young Adult Issues