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Services Provided

Services

Treatment specialties include but are not limited to:

  • Abuse/Trauma

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Schizophrenia

  • Parenting Stress

  • Grief and Loss

  • Anger Management

  • Stress Management

  • Women's Issues

  • Military Lifestyle Issues

  • Aging Issues

  • Caregiver Stress

  • Young Adult Life Transitions

  • Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Treatment Specialties

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT a therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.

 

By addressing these patterns, the person and therapist can work together to develop constructive ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs. For instance, CBT can help someone replace thoughts that lead to low self-esteem ("I can't do anything right") with positive expectations ("I can do this most of the time, based on my prior experiences").

 

The core principles of CBT are identifying negative or false beliefs and testing or restructuring them. Oftentimes someone being treated with CBT will have homework in between sessions where they practice replacing negative thoughts with with more realistic thoughts based on prior experiences or record their negative thoughts in a journal.

 

Studies of CBT have shown it to be an effective treatment for a wide variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and schizophrenia. Individuals who undergo CBT show changes in brain activity, suggesting that this therapy actually improves your brain functioning as well.

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy has a considerable amount of scientific data supporting its use and many mental health care professionals have training in CBT, making it both effective and accessible. More are needed to meet the public health demand, however.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Although a variety of treatment modalities are utilized, I primarily use a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. The following excerpt was taken from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill's website. The article can be read in its entirety by visiting www.nami.org. It should also be noted that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is being explored as an effective treatment for Schizophrenia.

See more at... NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness | Psychotherapy (www.nami.org)