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  • What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach. Studies of behavior have shown a correlation between the way people feel, think, and behave. Negative feelings automatically generate negative thoughts. For example, Samantha feels nervous about going to a party where she does not know many people. She might think to herself: "What if they are not going to like me..." or "I will say something stupid and embarrass myself..." These harsh automatic thoughts are generalized and contain errors. But we believe what we feel, even if it is lacking evidence. And Samantha, in response to these thoughts may choose to avoid meeting new people and will find ways to excuse herself from social situations. This would further make Samantha feel bad. She will feel lonely and alone, which will perpetuate more negative thoughts, and so goes the vicious cycle. CBT provides strategies for ending such a cycle and gaining control over negative and self-defeating thoughts. We challenge automatic thoughts by examining their accuracy and truth. If we conclude these thoughts to be true, or partially true, we work on tools to cope with life's imperfections. On-the-other hand, if we cannot find evidence supporting the existence of the self-defeating belief, we use strategies to get rid of them. While this is a very effective approach, it works only for those who are willing to make an effort and replace old habits with new ones. Hence the joke: how many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?... that depends if the lightbulb wants to change ; )

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  • Treatments | CBT for Anxiety and Depression | United States

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on our perceptions and behaviors. CBT helps us understand how our emotional state influences the way we think, and how our thoughts influence the way we behave. While EVERYONE experiences distorted thoughts and occasionally focuses on only the negative aspects of life, CBT allows YOU to think and feel differently. To learn how to change your thinking and utilize tools to help you feel empowered ​ Book your appointment TODAY! Depression Depression should not be treated like a minor nuisance in your life. In fact, depression can range from a low negative mood to a life-threatening condition. When we are depressed we tend to think that there is something wrong with us, with others, or with the world. With a collaborative effort and the use of CBT , you can overcome your depression and begin to feel happy, confident, and in control of your own emotional state. At times, combining CBT and Medication treatment is recommended (prescribed by an MD). Learning tools to change the way you feel can be life-changing and lead to a more positive holistic life. ​ Click here now to discover how we can work together to treat depression. Book your appointment TODAY! Anxiety Anxiety disorders are triggered by fear and stress; the source of fear can be real or imagined. It begins with the thought "what if ..." and ends with a catastrophe that we created in our minds. Anxiety-based disorders include panic attacks, phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD ), Trichotillomania (hair-pulling), social anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ), Tic disorder, and more. When anxiety symptoms interfere with daily functions, it is important to get help and build the skills that will help you manage the disruption anxiety has brought to your life. ​ Book your appointment TODAY! Trauma & Prolonged Exposure Trauma is an emotional and psychological response to a distressing event that is life-threatening or could cause serious injury, including exposure to violence that is physical, emotional, or sexual. Trauma can be experienced immediately or can have a delayed onset. It often evokes feelings of guilt and regret and can cause psychological disturbances like anxiety and depression. Prolonged Exposure (PE) is an evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It helps process the trauma and reduce trauma-related psychological disturbances. ​ Prolonged Exposure for PTSD (Youtube) ​ ​ Click here to schedule a free 20-minute consultation; we can discuss your unique situation and how we may be able to work together. Book your appointment TODAY! Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related disorder where a person experiences intrusive, unwanted, and distressing thoughts (obsessions). At times obsessions present as pervasive doubts. The attempt to stop the distressing experience leads to ritualistic behavior, also known as compulsions. OCD affects both adults and children and can be debilitating and time-consuming. Exposure Response Prevention (ERP, or EX/RP) is the most evident base treatment for OCD. During ERP, one learns to resist the urge caused by the intrusive thought and thereby reduces both obsessions and compulsions. Selective Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) can also reduce OCD symptoms and is sometimes used in conjunction with ERP. (SSRIs' are prescribed medication that could be provided by your primary physician or psychiatrist). ​ Click here to schedule a free 20-minute consultation; we can discuss your unique situation and how we may be able to work together. ​ Book your appointment TODAY! Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a treatment of choice for various anxiety-related disorders and is the treatment for OCD. To prevent a state of overwhelm, Exposure can be applied gradually. Gradual Exposure helps build a sense of competence and enhances tolerance to the discomfort. With the support of the ERP therapist, clients learn to 1) expand their ability to cope with the distress. And 2) restrain their need to respond to the urge. Clients learn to face the discomfort and tolerate it instead of avoiding it until they see that it's powerless. ​ Book your appointment TODAY! ​ Child and Adolescent Therapy Just like adults, children are also affected by anxiety and Depression. A depressed child may act irritable, struggle with low self-esteem, and lack motivation. An anxious child may display excessive worry, perfectionism, and disproportional shyness. I have powerful tools to help you and your child cope with such challenging emotions. A healthy parent-child bond is an important piece of children's mental health. I, therefore, employ skill training and psychoeducation for parents as part of the treatment plan. I further use the Supporting Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) treatment modality to help reduce anxiety-related disorders in children. ​ Contact me to discuss potential options for you and your child's unique situation. ​ Book your appointment NOW! ​ SPACE Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE),​ is an evidence-based treatment modality that addresses a variety of anxiety disorders in children and young adults. Using SPACE we examine parental accessive support as a factor sustaining the child's maladaptive behavior. Supporting a child in distress is something that every good parent does. As a SPACE-certified clinician, I will help you attend to your child's emotional and developmental needs without nurturing their anxiety. what is SPACE treatment? (Youtube) Breaking Free of Anxiety - A Journey Through SPACE (Youtube) ​ Book your appointment TODAY! ​

  • Psychologist | TEAM-CBT| Depression | Anxiety | OCD | California

    Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It solely relies on what you think. Dr. Keren Shemesh is a clinical psychologist and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy specialist. She implements an effective therapeutic modality for the treatment of anxiety and mood-related disorders in children and adults. Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION today! About Me Do you need a better way to address personal challenges and stressful situations? As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, I am here to help YOU live a better life—through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), we can work together in treating depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I enjoy working with both adults and children, allowing them to live more fulfilled lives. ​ My direct approach is rich with tools to help you feel good. When I work with my clients, my objective is to focus on YOUR goals and to identify what gets in your way of feeling more whole, happy, and connected to others. I use powerful interventions to enhance your progress and to help you uncover your strengths. ​ My educational background includes a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Arts in Psychology, from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA. Along with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Buddhist Psychology from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. ​ Business talk radio - 5_13_21, 5.22 PM.m 00:00 / 05:42 Specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for depression and anxiety disorders. Book your FREE 20 min' CONSULTATION today! CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic approach that focuses on our perceptions and behaviors. CBT helps us understand how our emotional state influences the way we think ... More about CBT > Depression Depression should not be treated like a minor nuisance in your life. In fact, depression can range from a low negative mood to a life-threatening condition ... More about depression > Anxiety Anxiety disorders are triggered by fear and stress; the source of fear can be real or imagined. It begins with the thought "what if ..." and ends with a catastrophe that we created in our minds ... More about anxiety > OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related disorder where a person experiences intrusive, unwanted, and distressing thoughts (obsessions) ... More about OCD > Exposure Response Prevention Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a treatment of choice for various anxiety-related disorders and is the most effective treatment for OCD ... Learn more about exposure > Trauma & Prolonged Exposure Trauma is an emotional and psychological response to a distressing event that is life-threatening or could cause serious injury, including ... Learn more about PE > Child & Adolescent Therapy Just like adults, children are also affected by anxiety and Depression. A depressed child may act irritable, struggle with low self-esteem, and lack motivation ... More about child therapy > SPACE Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE),​ is an evidence-based treatment modality that addresses a variety of anxiety disorders in children and young ... Learn more about SPACE >

  • CBT for Anxiety an Depression | Dr. Keren Shemesh | California, USA

    Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for children and adults The Approach In my practice, I utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach called TEAM-CBT. This approach was developed by Dr. David Burns, psychiatrist and professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. TEAM-CBT supports a more rapid recovery and relief from symptoms of mood and anxiety-based disorders. ​ T – Testing. I use a standard measure to test and collect information on mood, anxiety, safety, anger, happiness, and the quality of relationships. E – Empathy. Your experiences matter and it is important for me to understand your stories and life events. A – Assessment of resistance. Therapy takes time, effort, and courage. Your success depends on your willingness to do the work and apply the tools you will learn in therapy. M – Methods. I will identify the appropriate methods and tools that will allow you to identify the thoughts and feelings that make you feel anxious and depressed. If you are ready to make a change, these methods will teach you how to feel good about who you are. Contact me today to learn more about how the TEAM-CBT approach can assist you Book your FREE CONSULTATION today! Practice Policies I normally see clients once a week. Sessions are 50 minutes long. Bi-weekly sessions might be recommended for a limited time to boost your skills. Intensives available! You can save yourself the hassle of going to therapy for weeks by attending a weekend intensive. Intensives consolidate several hours of therapy into a day or two over a weekend. Click here to schedule an intensive. Sliding scale available for those who qualify Accepted forms of payment are checks, credit cards, and Health Spending Account (HSA) I do not take insurance. Please ask your insurance provider about out-of-network coverage Missed appointments and late cancellations delay the progress of our work. Canceling without 24-hour notice may entail payment of a full session fee. < Back

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