Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Unexamined thoughts and core beliefs drive uncontrolled moods and fears. Escape and avoidance behaviors forestall taking positive action. I help you explore, challenge and overcome cognitive distortions and dysfunctional behaviors to solve problems and enhance wellbeing.

Traditional cognitive behavior therapy can be very formulaic, using an automatic thought record to dissect a thought, label its cognitive distortion, determine the associated level of distress and the how much you believe it’s true. Certainly we can break down a thought that way, using an automatic thought record. But my typical method of CBT wraps such analysis into the flow of conversation. You may still record such thoughts and their triggering experiences, and bring them into session. But I don’t want your therapy to feel like a cookbook approach. Sessions are more vibrant than that.

The third wave of CBT incorporates what’s been learned from eastern mindfulness approaches. I offer you tools and concepts for better observing thoughts and feelings and tolerating them and am influenced by the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan and the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) developed by Dr. Steven Hayes. I also draw on traditional Buddhist teachings for analyzing thoughts and behaviors and their causes.

To schedule a first appointment please select this link. Although experienced with emergencies, that is not my practice focus. As an outpatient therapist I work with people who can reliably cope, are not at risk or in crisis, do not have thoughts of self-harm, and are seeking to grow.