Are You Living A Fulfilling Life?

Are you considering treatment for anxiety, depression or relationship issues?

Has your life started to feel overwhelming with thoughts that you can’t seem to get rid of?

Maybe you have tried positive thinking, affirmations or ignoring all the negativity in your life but it just doesn’t seem to work?

At times your thoughts are so strong and overwhelming you get distracted, can’t focus or can’t motivate yourself to do what you know you need to do?

Have you struggled to start or maintain healthy habits like exercising, maintaining healthy relationships, or making progress in your work/career?

If you find yourself nodding along or saying yes as you read then Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be able to help you.

Life with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Skills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you learn to control, manage and even change your thoughts (on the spot). I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in San Diego and am here to help you learn how your thoughts are not just something that you have to live with; your thoughts are something you can actually choose. I understand the emotional difficulties that anxiety and depression cause (for you and your relationships), and I am here to help you learn how to have more happy and fulfilling thoughts, and hopefully, that will help you have more good days than bad days. I know that asking for help and talking about the pain or difficulty you live with every day can be hard and I am glad you are looking to take this next step in the right direction. You don’t have to keep living each day battling your thoughts and your feelings. You can take control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

What Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Look Like?

Our work together is collaborative. In your sessions, I will teach you how to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Together we will apply your new knowledge and skills to your real life problems and help you become self-sufficient in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to overcome your feelings of anxiety and depression or to reduce/eliminate your relationships problems.

During your sessions, I invite you to share openly and honestly and you never have to worry about being judged or criticized. No matter what you feel, what you fear or who you are I invite you to come just as you are. All race, religion, sexual orientation and lifestyle preferences are welcome.

A typical treatment of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) lasts anywhere from 8-12 weeks depending on your previous experience in treatment, your ability to put time into self-paced activities outside of your therapy sessions and the nature of your issue. Treatment can move at a slower pace if you wish, but it’s not usually as effective.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is built around weekly treatment sessions and starts with 1-3 weeks of education based sessions where I learn about the issues you’re facing and explain the model of treatment.

Weeks 4-9 are active sessions where we apply practical skills to your real life issues and I assign homework for you to work on between sessions. Follow through on your homework assignments is an essential part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and learning your new CBT skills, but don’t worry we design the homework together to make it as enjoyable as possible.

Finally, sessions 10-12 occur less often (usually 2x per month) as you begin to use the skills in your own life with less of my coaching/support so that you can truly integrate your new skills into your life. By week 12 most clients notice significant improvements in their lives. If by week 12 you are still wanting support as you continue to practice your new skills CBT skills I am more than happy to support you for as long as you need to feel confident and comfortable.

You might believe that through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), you can indeed find healing in your mind, emotions, and body, but still have questions or concerns…

Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) work for everyone?

The honest truth is that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is not for everyone. Some people find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to be too structured for their liking. Because the focus of treatment is to learn CBT skills and apply them to your life it can be a poor fit for someone who is looking to come to therapy to complain about their life without doing anything different or taking some risks to learn and use new behaviors in their lives. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can also be inadequate for treating more serious mental health issues including psychosis and trauma as more effective treatment methods exist.

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Will Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Help Improve My Personal Relationships?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is not designed with the specific intent of improving relationships; however, it is likely to help you have more fulfilling relationships in your life. Because Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you learn how to manage your thoughts and feelings it also helps you be more present, authentic and honest in your relationships without hiding behavior anxiety and depression and needing other people to care for you. Whether you struggle with codependence, marital conflict or other relationships issues it is likely that learning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) individually will support you in having stronger and more fulfilling relationships, but it is also important to know that it does not replace couples counseling or marital therapy in any way.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Is Not For The Faint Of Heart- Will It Be Worth It?

This is a great question! You might be wondering if you can actually learn Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) after all, there is homework :-). Many people feel nervous at first about learning new skills, but you can do it. After they learn the basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) most of my clients ask me, “Is that all it is?” and tell me they are surprised at how simple the concepts are to learn. And while I agree, the concepts are simple, the application of your new CBT skills will have its fair share of challenges. Not to worry, we’ll tackle any challenges together along the way.