I am committed to providing you empirically sound, evidence based treatments for your anxiety and emotion dysregulation problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The treatment of choice for these disorders is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Cognitive Therapy (CT) was originally developed by Aaron Beck M.D. for the treatment of depression. It has since been expanded to include a behavioral component - CBT, and it is used to treat a host of depression and anxiety related problems. The main premise of CBT is that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all linked to, and influenced by each other. In other words, these 3 elements, our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, are instrumental in defining who we are. Changing just one of these elements will elicit change in the other elements, resulting in a change in the way we think about a situation, the way we react to that situation and the way we feel about that situation.
CBT is a short-term, comparatively brief psychotherapeutic approach that gives a person an arsenal of problem-solving skills with which they can challenge patterns of thinking and behavior that maintain problems with our emotions. It is a structured, goal-oriented, and practical therapy focused on the present as opposed to the past. Homework assignments are a frequent part of CBT as it helps a person to practice new skills and incorporate them into daily life.
The efficacy of CBT for anxiety and mood disorders has been extensively researched. It has consistently been shown to be a highly effective therapy. Given that this therapy is about developing problem-solving skills, the risk of relapse following treatment is greatly reduced as long as a person continues to practice and hone their skills.
There are numerous types of CBT. The most useful of these is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). ERP is a critical tool to help a person confront their fears and challenge their scarey thoughts.
Mindfulness is a skill that helps a person to distance themselves from negative thoughts by being less judgemental about those thoughts. A person learns how to become an impartial spectator to their thoughts.
Newer forms of CBT such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) also have strong validity in dealing with overwhelming anxiety and mood problems.
Occasionally a person's problem is of a severity to warrant the addition of medication. Combining medication with CBT can be an effective way to deal with more severe problems. Indeed, sometimes medications can help a person do the CBT more effectively. I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists who are also expert in anxiety and other emotioal disorders from a medication perspective.
Family therapy is a psychotherapy treatment modality that works with families to facilitate change, growth and well-being. Although there are different schools of family therapy, they all emphasize the importance of family relationships in the psychological health of an individual. Family Therapists believe that by changing the interactions between family members, individual psychological health can improve significantly.
Extensive research shows that a family member's anxiety or emotional distress impacts the whole family system, and the negative impact created only serves to further increase distress. In order for true healing to take place, it is important to identify the family dynamics which might be influencing a person's anxiety or distress level and strengthen healthy bonds among family members.
I provide individual, couples and family therapy for a wide range of anxiety and mood disorders disorders.
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