Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) teaches you to identify and change ways that you think and behave to change the way you feel. When we experience something, our brain wants to make sense of it. The main premise of CBT is that the meanings that we assign to situations (how we think) can influence how we feel and what we do
CBT is an evidenced-based treatment, which means that scientific evidence supports its effectiveness. It is collaborative (we work together to achieve goals), brief (the average number of sessions is 16-21 and fewer for many conditions), goal oriented (our time together is spent actively working to reach your goals), and skills-based (you will learn skills to help you achieve your goals).
Exposure and Response Prevention
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is defined by a pattern of obsessions (intrusive, unwanted, distressing thoughts, urges, and images) and compulsions (thoughts or behaviors that the person engages in to stop the obsessions or decrease the distress caused by them) that interfere with an individual's daily life.
OCD is a nuanced and complex disorder that is often misunderstood. It can take people an average of 14-17 years to get appropriate treatment for the condition. Luckily, the treatment available is well supported by research. Exposure and Response Prevention is the gold standard psychotherapeutic treatment for OCD. This treatment is effective for all ages and all presentations of OCD, including mental compulsions.
With Exposure and Response Prevention, people expose themselves to the things that scare them a little bit at a time. Essentially, you train your brain to tolerate the discomfort and the distressing feelings that come when you are afraid of something. Over time, you get used to the feelings and discomforts and your brain learns that you can handle it.
Anxiety/OCD Informed Supportive Therapy
You may have successfully completed anxiety/OCD treatment but want to continue therapy to work on other "life issues" with a therapist who understands. Or you might have always been a worrier and an issue has come up in your live that has increased your anxiety but you might not need or want formal anxiety treatment.
For issues and characteristics that are common to those who have anxiety or OCD, such as work/life balance, people pleasing, emotional sensitivities/intensities, giftedness, and/or perfectionism, CBT techniques can help to channel your strengths, promote self-awareness, and reduce stress.
I provide therapy that is more supportive in nature using strategies from several evidenced-based therapies that are considered types of CBT. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
The treatment that I offer is always designed to meet your unique needs and goals.