Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy which works to change your mood by teaching new ways of thinking and behaving. In CBT, I will want to know about your past experiences, successes, and frustrations, but most of our time will be spent developing strategies to change the habitual thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors which cause depression, anxiety, and other problems.

You will learn how to replace negative thought patterns with balanced expectations, which you will practice outside of sessions. Once you have developed these alternative thoughts, I will assist you in designing behavioral experiments, to test them in your daily life. Over time, clients find that they can overcome years of negativity with repeated, carefully planned, real-life experiences.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves:

  • Education

    I actively teach the concepts and methods which will help you improve. I also refer you to self-help manuals, guides and internet resources selected to enhance your learning and analysis.

  • Skill Building

    Skill Building: Hundreds of studies and years of experience have generated specific skill sets for specific problems. For example, a client with low self esteem will learn to question the ideas which lead to self doubt and discouragement, and then will test out new ideas through planned, real-life, “experiments”.

  • Problem Solving

    When trying out new ways of thinking about ourselves, and new behaviors, we always discover barriers and blind alleys. I will help you anticipate these so we can turn them into learning opportunities to generate later success. .

  • Homework

    As in most learning experiences, the practice (“homework”) you do outside of the therapy session is a crucial part of improving. I will ask that you purchase a specific workbook/guide which will help organize our work together. In addition, you will want a therapy journal/notebook, to write down assignments we agree on, to record the results of skill building exercises, and to refer to between sessions and after therapy has ended.

  • Agenda-focused Sessions

    At the beginning of each therapy session we will agree on an agenda. Usually this will include going over the results of homework completed since the last session, developing a strategy to solve any problems you encounter, and designing and practicing the next skill

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