FOCUS ON PSYCHOLOGY WITH ADULTS
I am a Licensed Psychologist and have worked in a variety of settings with adults for over 40 years. I have a wide range of skills I can use to help you. My treatment preference is cognitive behavior therapy, which combines two very effective kinds of psychology, cognitive therapy and behavior therapy. Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain patterns in your thinking are causing your symptoms. Your depressed, angry, or anxious feelings may come from a distorted picture of what’s going on in your life resulting in your negative feelings for no good reason and may even provoke you into unwise actions. Behavior therapy helps you break the link between problem situations and your usual reactions to them, such as unhappiness, rage, or fear causing self-defeating behavior. Behavior therapy also teaches you how to calm your mind and body in order to feel more satisfied, think more clearly, and make better decisions.
Thus, combining cognitive therapy and behavior therapy into cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) provides effective techniques to reduce your symptoms and help get your life to be more satisfying. Furthermore, many research studies by psychologists and psychiatrists show why CBT has become the preferred treatment for conditions such as the following:
- Feeling “stressed out”
- Problems with marriage or other relationships
- Job, career, or school difficulties
- Chronic anxiety or worry
- Depression and mood swings
- Insomnia and other sleep problems
- Obesity and other eating problems
- Inadequate methods of coping
- Shyness and social anxiety
- Difficulty establishing or staying in relationships
- Low self-esteem and self-confidence
- Substance abuse, co-dependency, and “enabling”
- Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Inability to control feelings such as anger, fear, grief, sadness, shame, guilt, eagerness, and excitement.
I will provide you with a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation at the beginning of treatment. Your needs and problems will be targeted through a variety of assessment techniques. The assessment results will be fully explained and a treatment plan will be developed in an understandable, explicit and flexible manner that would accurately reflect your specific needs and goals. Under expert guidance I will share in setting treatment goals and objectives and deciding which techniques work best for you personally. Using CBT, I take an active part in solving your problems and will provide clear structure and focus to the treatment objectives.
As a client, you will participate in important “homework” assignments to accelerate your progress. These projects will be formulated with your input and will enhance the results of the work done in the office. You may also receive informational readings and other materials tailored to your own individual needs to help you progress between office sessions.
Most individuals or couples coming in for counseling need to change something in their life such as their feelings, actions, or how others treat them. I will focus on finding out what needs to be changed, what does not need changing, and then work with you to strengthen those changes. I will work toward rapid improvement in your feelings and actions as well as changes in any self-defeating behaviors. Although past behavior is important my counseling focus is centered on the present and the future.
To make effective changes in their lives, people need to have a clear and calm mind and to alter ways of thinking. The behavioral aspect involves the individual taking actions likely to have desirable results when they are able to be calm and think clearly. The cognitive factor makes use of the individual’s ability to learn better ways of altering their thinking so they redirect thoughts, assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, mental imagery, and ideas resulting in beneficial changes.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), my preferred treatment choice, has been thoroughly researched. Many studies show that CBT is as effective as drugs in treating both anxiety and depression. CBT has been shown to be better than medications in avoiding treatment failures and in preventing relapse after the end of treatment. CBT has been the preferred treatment for loneliness, procrastination, headaches, phobias, shyness, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, and eating disorders. Other symptoms for which CBT has demonstrated effectiveness include problems with self-esteem, relationships, family, insomnia, school, and work. The outcome research on CBT has been shown to be more effective than any other type of psychotherapy. It can also be used in combination with psychiatric medications when needed.
CBT is usually brief and most clients are able to complete their treatment in just a few weeks or months. The frequency of your sessions depends on your individual needs and sometimes on your insurance plan. In most cases, you can expect to begin your treatment with weekly visits and taper off as progress continues. Generally, you will be seen when you need it and not when you don’t.