Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a well-researched form of psychological treatment that has been proven effective in treating many conditions.

Depression, anxiety disorders, grief and loss, substance abuse issues, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness are all conditions that CBT can effectively treat.

Through CBT, clients experience improved functioning and a healthier outlook on life. Some argue that CBT has shown to be as effective as, or even more effective than, other forms of therapy and psychotropic medications.

CBT is rooted in addressing a client’s thinking.

The Cognitive Triangle, a core concept in CBT, presents the theory that feelings and behavior originate in a person’s thinking. The more firmly a person’s thinking is rooted in reality, the more stable and grounded that person will be.

The more positive a person’s mindset, the better they will be able to handle obstacles and adversity. Similarly, the more negative and irrational a person’s thinking, the harder it will be to cope with life’s ups and downs.

Clients undergoing CBT therapy will need to complete specific tasks between sessions. These tasks, or “homework assignments,” are designed to shift the client to a new mode of thinking by increasing self-awareness and mindfulness. A client’s ability to commit to completing these tasks in between sessions will broadly impact their outcome.

Clients are deemed ready to graduate from CBT once they can successfully decrease their automatic negative thoughts and tendency to jump to negative assumptions. The client experiences a more positive view of the world, improved self-care, and a significant improvement in self-esteem and self-concept.

If this sounds like something you are interested in experiencing and benefitting from, contact me today. I look forward to hearing from you and accompanying you on your journey towards mental health.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is an evidence-based and highly effective treatment modality for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and adolescents.

Parents/caregivers are incorporated into therapy to support clients in between sessions, improve communication, and contribute to their progress throughout treatment.

Children and adolescents can learn how to deal with their traumatic issues.

The main goals of TFCBT are to learn strategies to manage symptoms of PTSD, face and resolve traumatic events, and create new memories surrounding the trauma in a safe and supportive environment. These goals become accomplished by leading the client and their parent/caregiver through a structured treatment plan.

While this type of therapy incorporates a structured treatment plan, it is also adaptable to each client’s needs. The length of treatment is typically 12 – 20 sessions in length. We use benchmarks to measure the client’s progress at the beginning, during, and after therapy and assess both parents/caregivers and clients throughout treatment.

Don’t hesitate to contact me today if you believe your child could benefit from this therapy.