Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Treatment Approaches

To assist you in understanding the context of my approaches to therapy, I have listed below, some of the theoretical perspectives that have shaped my therapeutic engagement with my clients.  Your unique problems or therapy needs will active my desire to recommend and use an approach or approaches to care for you. The approaches include the following:

  •  Solution-Focused Therapy (BSFT)
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivation Interviewing (MI)
  • Client-Centered Therapy (CCT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Hypnosis
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family Systems therapy

 Guiding Principles to Therapy

Through my training, reflections, and experiences, I have developed some approaches that have invigorated clients through the counseling process. The goal is to help my clients feel empowered and take the steps to feel aligned and allow well-being to flow through them. My two therapy models, the ELECO Model and the FATCA Model, are summarized below:

 The ELECO Model

E-enthusiastic about life and vigor for living

L-love for self and inclination toward happiness

E-energic response toward wanting to feel better about life’s situations

C-courage to accept the present situation and determination to allow change

O-optimism for a favorable outcome about current life’s situations

The FATCA Model

F-feel and acknowledge current feelings and elicit the desire to feel better

A-acceptance of current feelings and situations by being okay with it

T-think positively about current situations

C-connect with the Source of well-being and unconditional love

A-allow positive feelings of well-being to flow through the body

What is CBT?

CBT, or Cognitive Behavior Therapy, is a type of therapy, which has been proved to help treat a variety of conditions in adults, youth, and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviors, or their thinking patterns, or both.

What problems can CBT help?

Research has shown that CBT treatment can help with the following problems:

  • anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • depression
  • personal difficulties
  • relationship problems
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • schizophrenia and psychosis
  • bipolar disorder

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • chronic fatigue
  • behavioral difficulties in children
  • anxiety disorders in children
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management

CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your doctor. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you have. CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with.

How CBT is delivered

Often this will be between five and 20 weekly sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes each. You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead, they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.