Esther Brass Psychologist

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Although the field of psychotherapy is about a hundred years old, the last thirty to forty years have seen the development of cognitive behavioral therapy and a strong foundation of research that has demonstrated its effectiveness. Depression, insomnia, general and social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, panic, post-traumatic stress and phobias respond well to cognitive behavioral treatment. See below for more information.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a collaborative effort between client and therapist. It focuses on the present and on developing constructive alternatives. When past experiences and patterns play a role in current difficulties, those are addressed.

Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches methods for observing the different components of experience — feelings, thoughts, behavior, physical sensations. Clients learn how these components of experience interact and create patterns of experience and response. A cognitive behavioral therapist can teach you about the patterns characteristic of particular problems and work with you to make changes.

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