Did you know that the way you think influences how you feel, how you act and how your body reacts? Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective, hands-on, problem-solving psychotherapy approach. It helps people identify the distorted thoughts that create painful emotions, and then substitute healthy thoughts that reduce distress.
Although it often seems like your emotions are determined by events in your life, how you feel is really determined by how you interpret those events. As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist I teach skills for learning how to evaluate and change the way you think.
If your boss yells at you, you might think “I’m a horrible worker and am doing a terrible job so I might get fired, and then I’m a loser!” These anxious thoughts might make you feel stressed out or even depressed. However, through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you’ll learn to review distorted thoughts more accurately. What evidence is there that you’re doing a bad job? Perhaps your boss is having a bad day and taking it out on you? Or perhaps you have made a mistake, and the issue is how to effectively deal with it.
By changing your thought patterns, you can see things more clearly and feel better. This is a skill you can learn and apply throughout your life.
I’ve been practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for over 15 years, treating hundreds of adults, couples, families, pre-teens and teens. My clients cope with depression, anxiety, communication conflicts, relationship problems, ADHD, PTSD, and other emotional problems. In addition to CBT, I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based techniques. I’m located in Campbell and help people from all over the SF Bay Area (Campbell, San Jose, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and throughout the South Bay and Mid-Peninsula).
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