Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

During your initial psychological consultation, our senior psychologists will help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan.  We can provide you with individual psychological sessions of varying frequency to best meet your needs. We offer sessions anywhere from once a week up to our intensive outpatient program, which consists of multiple weekly sessions from 2-6 hours.

Our team offers the most up to date treatment approaches. Our primary treatment approaches consist of cognitive behavioral therapies.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a term referring to a group of scientifically supported psychological therapy approaches. CBT is an extremely effective treatment for a variety of psychological disorders

Our staff is trained in the following CBT techniques:

1. Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy is based upon the theory that extreme emotional reactions are the result of faulty beliefs and thoughts. The goal is to educate patients in the skills necessary to identify and change these mistaken beliefs in order to replace them with more logical ones. The result is a more balanced and moderate view of oneself, one’s life problems, and the world. Changing thoughts leads to more positive emotional responses and more effective behaviors. Readings and homework assignments are often employed in this re-education process. Problem-solving skills and assertiveness skills are also strengthened. In combination with behavior therapy, or alone, cognitive therapy can increase motivation for following treatment and improve family relations, self-image, self-control, and one’s ability to cope with adversity and life’s difficulties.

2. Behavior Therapy

Behavior therapy teaches patients how to reduce, control, or eliminate their maladaptive behaviors. Behavior therapy, similar to cognitive therapy, differs from other forms of psychotherapy because the methods have been experimentally tested and found to be effective. It teaches methods and techniques on how to change rather than relying on pure awareness of underlying problems. The treatment is essentially a learning and unlearning process. Often, the individual sees results of this therapy early in treatment.  Most people think of behavior therapy in connection with treatment of extreme fears and phobias; however, behavior therapy has been demonstrated to be beneficial for other problems such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, depression, all the Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, anxiety disorders, and childhood and family problems. There is evidence that behavior therapy may alter brain chemistry functioning similar to medication.

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is one type of behavior therapy found to be particularly effective for the OCD and related disorders. It consists of exposing yourself to thoughts, situations, or objects that create a variety of negative emotions including anxiety and disgust. Response prevention consists of preventing yourself from doing compulsive behaviors or avoiding the situation. Over repeated practices of doing ERP, a person’s anxiety and avoidance start to decrease and the situation, object, or thoughts become easier to confront.

3. Group Therapy

Our Institute currently offers three different group therapy options.

Our Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups are offered on a weekly basis if you qualify for the program.

Our Behavioral Activation Group is open to adults with OCD related disorders, anxiety, and depression. Group activities offer opportunities for personal enrichment, learning, and socialization. We aim to meet a variety of interests, such as health/physical fitness, arts & crafts, music, and poetry/literature. Join our group to integrate more pleasurable activities into your life while meeting others with similar struggles. Behavioral activation is an effective treatment approach for depression and aims to develop structured daily activities that increase pleasure, social contact, and a sense of purpose and mastery.

Our long standing free OCD Support Group meets on a monthly basis. Friends and family welcome. This group is a supportive environment to meet others struggling with OCD and share common experiences. The group meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. We strongly recommend you contact our office to confirm in the case of staff illness or weather related cancellations.

Psychiatric Collaboration

Many of our patients choose to add medications to their treatment plan. If you are interested in seeking a psychiatric consultation, we collaborate with many local psychiatrists and will work closely with them to build a coordinated treatment team.

If you already have an outside psychiatrist, our staff will be happy to consult with him/her to develop a plan that fits your needs best

Contact us at (516) 487-7116 to learn more.