If you’re struggling with anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help you manage your symptoms and live a value-oriented life.
Interventions include alternative thought records, which identify and challenge cognitive distortions in a non-compulsive way.
This is an ongoing practice that will assist you in completing behavioral assignments and making more space for a non-judgmental stance.
Exposure with Response Prevention
Build an exposure hierarchy and gradually increase your distress tolerance through behavioral change.
About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps clients learn to manage their symptoms by identifying unhelpful thought patterns and making behavioral changes.
CBT is a collaborative process between the client and therapist. The therapist provides foundational skills and psychoeducation about the client’s symptoms before moving on to behavioral assignments.
Mindfulness training assists clients in building their tolerance for discomfort by learning to simply notice and accept their experiences through guided practices.
Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) is the main behavioral therapy used to treat anxiety disorders. ERP teaches you to gradually approach anxiety-provoking situations without engaging in safety behaviors, or compulsions.
Effective ERP respects the client’s values while challenging their compulsive behaviors. This means that we have a conversation about the roadmap for recovery before starting ERP and you are in the driver’s seat. I will provide suggestions based on my experience treating clients, but there is always room for feedback and refinement.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does CBT take?
Duration of treatment depends on many factors, such as severity of symptoms, motivation, and insight. However, the average length of treatment is about 4-6 months when meeting on a weekly basis.
What if I’m afraid of starting CBT?
This is a very normal and understandable response. It is important to remember that treatment is a collaborative effort between a client and therapist. You will never be asked to do anything that violates your values. Treatment is a gradual process that will equip you with tools to cope with anxiety-provoking situations.
What is the difference between CBT and ERP?
Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP) is the behavioral component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The cognitive component includes exercises such as identifying and challenging cognitive distortions.
Will my symptoms go away?
When thinking about recovery through a CBT lens, we are looking for behavioral changes and a shift in your relationship to your thoughts and feelings. The goal is not to get rid of uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and sensations, but to employ the tools you’ve learned in order to deal with difficult situations.
Getting Started is Easy
If we are a good fit, we will schedule an appointment after our first call.
During our first session, we’ll get to know each other and talk about the symptoms you’d like to target in treatment.
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