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 thoughts influence the way we behave and think. 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
Depression should not be treated as a minor nuisance in your life. In fact, depression can range from a low negative mood to a condition that is life threatening. When we work together, we can use CBT and/or medication (prescribed by a doctor) to treat the condition. While the process takes both time and effort from YOU, it can be life changing and lead to a more positive holistic life.
Anxiety disorders are triggered by fear; the source of fear can be real or imagined. 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), and more. When anxiety symptoms interfere with daily functions, it is time to seek help so that YOU can feel ready for life’s challenges.
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, can evoke a negative emotional state, and can be accompanied by guilt and regret. We can utilize CBT for the treatment of trauma, working through distorted cognitions, and focusing on different ways to reconcile traumatic feelings.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related disorder that can bring intrusive thoughts which cause a set of ritualistic behavior (compulsions) as an attempt to reduce or avoid the anxiety produced by those thoughts. OCD affects both adults and children and can be debilitating and time-consuming, affecting multiple aspects of life. The condition can be treated with Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), or Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) is a treatment of choice for a variety of anxiety-related disorders and is the most effective method in the treatment of OCD. The exposure is usually done gradually to desensitize the client to the fear stimuli and is repeated until habituation has taken place and the anxiety is significantly reduced. During the Response Prevention phase, the client is taught to tolerate and manage the discomfort.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Child and Adolescent therapy provide children with tools needed to alleviate depression, sadness, irritability, and anxiety. Depending on the child's age and level of maturity, parents coaching, skill training, and psychoeducation about the child's condition is an essential part of the treatment plan. I have powerful tools that will help you and your child cope with challenges, emotional issues (like sadness and irritability), and relationship difficulties. Together we can work through barriers in communication, conflicting parenting styles, restlessness, and daily stress in balancing all of life’s roles. By utilizing an integrated approach, along with CBT principles, my goal is to enhance treatment efficiency that aligns with YOUR goals. Contact me to discuss potential options for you and your child's unique situation.