Providing individual, couples and family counseling.
Treatment specialization includes:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Panic Attacks and Phobias
- Relationship Problems
- Parenting and Family Issues
- Conflict Resolution
- Child Custody and Parenting Time Issues
Through a supportive and caring atmosphere, clients achieve the personal growth they’re striving for.
Cognitive Therapy has been widely studied and proven to be an effective treatment for a variety of emotional problems, including anxiety and depression. So what is Cognitive Therapy, and how does it work?
The premise of Cognitive Therapy is that faulty thoughts, rather than specific situations, underlie emotional suffering. Let's take a simple example...
Suppose you're walking down the street and you pass an acqaintance, who doesn't smile at you. If you have the thought that, "she probably hates me", you would predictably feel rejected and sad. On the other hand, if you thought, "she's probably preoccupied", or "maybe she didn't recognize me because I'm wearing a hat", then you would feel much less upset by the situation.
The key point is that our thoughts mediate between situations and our feelings. As a result of our life experiences and other factors, we are all prone to developing particular thinking habits. Through Cognitive Therapy, you will learn to evaluate and modify your thoughts to make sure that you're thinking accurately (notice I didn't say "positively," a common misunderstanding) and considering a full range of possibilities rather than only the one that is most disturbing to you.
Oftentimes, family therapy is the most effective way to resolve emotional and interpersonal problems. That's because problems arise - and are maintained - in a social context, and the most important social group we belong to is the family.
Families are naturally endowed with powerful healing resources. However, marriage, job changes, illness and other major life transitions can overwhelm a family and block these resources. A wide range of symptoms, including marital conflict, affairs, addictions, behavioral problems in children and mood disorders are often telltale signs that the "system" is stuck.
Fortunately, family therapy is an effective tool in the hands of an experienced practitioner for restoring the family to a healthy equilibrium by promoting improved communication, greater harmony and individual members' personal growth. Since few mental health practitioners receive training in family therapy, it is a vastly overlooked and underutilized treatment modality.