Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
For patients with depression, anxiety, and related disorders, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. CBT is a therapy which focuses on recognizing inaccurate or negative thinking, known as cognitive distortions, and correcting these distortions through awareness of the patterns that lead patients to revisit them again and again. With practice, healthy thinking and behavior can become habitual, and CBT gives patients permanent tools that can help them enjoy fuller, more meaningful lives.
Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP) is rooted in the principles of CBT, and is highly effective for individuals with anxiety disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It involves identifying one’s triggers of anxiety or fear and gradually desensitizing the patient through exposure. Repeatedly facing our fears teaches us to manage our responses to fear, and over time the practice of ERP erodes anxiety in general. This has proven to be indispensable for many patients with anxiety disorders, allowing them to go confidently through life without balking at situations, things, or impulses that may have once been paralyzing.