About Treatments

The treatments I provide stem from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. Traditionally, CBT has involved making both behavioral and cognitive (thought-based) changes in order to change emotional responses. CBT has been shown to be a particularly effective treatment for a wide range of problems, including (but certainly not limited to) depression, anxiety, and management of medical symptoms (such as chronic pain or fatigue).

In more recent years, newer treatments stemming from a CBT tradition have emerged. These “third wave” treatments include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based interventions, behavioral activation, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. These approaches are evidence-based and are demonstrated to work with a wide variety of problems. These treatments are different from traditional CBT in that they emphasize adjusting to and living the best possible life even with troubling symptoms and emotions, as opposed to getting rid of or changing the symptoms/emotions. Let’s face it, emotions are incredibly difficult to change, and if you could change troublesome emotions by your own will, there would be no need for psychologists! Because so many people come to therapy having tried to get rid of difficult emotions or symptoms to no avail, it is often more helpful to help the individual to live the best life possible in the context of suffering. This does not mean that your suffering is necessarily permanent or cannot change, but change often takes considerable time, and I will help you find ways to live a better life while we work toward longer-lasting changes.

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