Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Therapy, currently considered “the gold standard of psychotherapy” was developed by A.T. Beck, M.D., in the 1960s. It is a short term therapy technique based upon the cognitive model that states that thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors, and that dysfunctional patterns of thinking cause us distress and psychological problems. Cognitive Therapy requires commitment to change and requires that clients work on problems between sessions.

Cognitive Therapy is highly effective in the treatment of anxiety and other disorders. Recent research shows that Cognitive Therapy is more likely to produce long term results than medication alone in individuals with depression.

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy is an evidence-based Cognitive Therapy used in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can result from experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event or series of events. Individuals with PTSD can experience intense emotional or physical reactions when something evokes memories of the trauma. 

 

Cognitive Processing Therapy, which consists of approximately 12 sessions. is designed to help the individual identify and modify the upsetting thoughts and and emotions related to the trauma and driving their symptoms.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a psychological therapy that is based on the theory that wrestling with and avoiding emotional pain in difficult psychological situations is counter-productive and actually increases distress. Using acceptance and mindfulness strategies, the goal is to commit to increasing psychological flexibility and behavioral changes that move the individual toward a life consistent with their values. Research has shown ACT to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain, mixed anxiety disorders, depression, and psychosis.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy is a form of Cognitive Therapy that was pioneered by Albert Ellis, M.D. It proposes that emotional and behavioral problems are caused by irrational assumptions we  develop over time that contribute to distress and self-defeating behaviors.

 

The focus in REBT is to identify assumptions or beliefs that guide negative thoughts and reactions and learn to replace them with healthier, more rational, and more positive beliefs about ourselves, others and the world in general.

Biofeedback Training

Biofeedback Training is a mind-body technique used to help an individual learn to control automatic body functions such as heart rate and muscle tension to manage medical and psychological symptoms.

This involves using electronic sensors that are attached to the fingers or body that measure pulse rate and breathing patterns, The individual can monitor the patterns in the form of audio or visual feedback and with training learn to control them.

 

Heart-Rate Variability (HRV) training helps the individual learn to manage breathing patterns which can improve their ability to manage anxiety, reduce stress and improve sleep.

Problem Solving Therapy

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Behavioral Activation Therapy

Behavioral Activation is a short term, research supported type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression. Behavioral Activation is based upon the premise that when individuals are depressed they tend to withdraw and avoid interacting with others.  This can feed symptoms of depression.

 

Behavioral Activation strategies are designed to help individuals set goals and engage in tasks and positively rewarding activities that produce chemicals in the brain that boost mood.

Exposure Therapy - Anxiety Disorders

Exposure Therapy is a research supported treatment for helping individuals with anxiety disorders confront their fears. It has been shown to be extremely effective in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, specific phobias, Panic Disorder, OCD, social anxiety and trauma related disorders. 

The individual is exposed to the feared stimulus or situation in a structured systematic way so they can become desensitized to it. Some methods that can be used include use of imagination, virtual reality technology, or real life exposure to the feared situation.

Biofeedback Training

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