Anxiety, mood and other related disorders are highly treatable using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). We know that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all connected and influence one another. CBT is a short-term treatment option that aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic approach focused in the present. In other words, CBT challenges the patterns of thinking and behavior that maintain the anxiety and mood difficulties. We use exposure and response prevention (ERP) to challenge the behaviors.
CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the present as opposed to the past. CBT utilizes between-session assignments to help the client apply new skills and techniques into daily life as well as to help augment the treatment.
Occasionally an individual may need medication in addition to psychotherapy. Combining medication with CBT can be an effective way to deal with more severe problems or to help a person use CBT more effectively. I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists who are also experts in anxiety and mood disorders from a medication perspective.
Together we will design the most effective treatment plan for your specific needs. The approach is active, focused and structured to help you to understand and master your problem at your own pace.
Anxiety is considered a normal reaction to a stressor. Some individuals experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Mood disorders refer to a group of diagnoses in which the disturbance in mood as the predominant feature. These include Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and Dsythymic Disorder.
Sometimes individuals, couples and families need help with managing everyday life stressors. Issues that often come up include stress management, need for assertiveness skills, need for parenting skills, family conflict and personal growth.