CBT is a preferred modality for the treatment of various disorders including mood and anxiety problems, behavior problems, academic difficulties, relationship problems and even personality disorders. CBT does not mention “emotions” in it’s name but is in fact a comprehensive treatment that integrates your thinking and feeling styles, takes into account behaviors as well as social strategies to bring about optimal change.
It is a research supported method that is:
Time efficient and short term: There are no guarantees or a way to know the exact number of sessions required. Time in therapy will depend on many factors including the severity and complexity of your concerns, but the modality is aimed at getting you to be your own best therapist as quickly as possible. The treatment pace will be designed for you. Be prepared to grow your comfort zone, one session at a time!
User friendly: In session you will learn, via conversation and practice, various skills as well as ways of thinking and feeling. Out of session, you get to “go live,” and put these newly learned ways to use. You will be asked to take stock of what works and what does not so we can troubleshoot, chart your progress and note benefits of changed strategies. Being consciously aware of your progress can reinforce and encourage more progress. Keeping track of mistakes also helps you learn lessons that further progress!
Collaborative: It is expected that you take an active role in your treatment, engage in targeted discussions to identify your core stuck points and co-design a path towards progress with your therapist.
Packs a “Feel better – Do better” 1-2 punch! CBT focuses on symptom relief in the short term and helps improve overall functioning and comfort over the long term. For instance, if you struggle with panic attacks in social settings, we start with educating you on what a panic attack is so it’s less scary and mystical. You learn to tolerate your panic sensations via a method called “exposure.” Subsequently, you get to engage in social skills training to address skill deficits and learn cognitive restructuring to address your exaggerated sense of danger in social situations. Ultimately, you are able to manage panic attacks, learn social skills, have a better sense of yourself and your abilities. This tool box can leave you free to pursue meaningful relationships in life despite fears and trepidation.
Maintain your gains over time so life remains comfortable: Keeping up with progress is an important aspect of treatment. Change is difficult, even the good kind! Maintaining gains is sometimes even more challenging for a number of valid reasons than acquiring a new skill. Consistent attendance and regular practice of new habits is essential.
Termination: Treatment may come to an end either because you have reached your goals or because you’d like to find a different provider. Whatever the case, we decide together when it’s time to end treatment. If you and I are not a great fit and you need a referral, you will be provided with one.