We utilize a variety of Therapy Techniques to meet your specific needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) combines both cognitive and behavioral techniques. The cognitive therapy portion is based on the premise that people can learn to think in different, healthier ways. The behavioral therapy portion is based on the concept that human behaviors are learned and, therefore, new behaviors can be learned and replace unhealthy behaviors. CBT helps you to become more conscious of how your thoughts affect your mood. You learn how to monitor negative thoughts, which are typically exaggerated, and you use different strategies to substitute these thoughts with more reasonable and rational ideas. You then practice behaving differently in reaction to differently perceived circumstances. Behavior that has a favorable outcome will be repeated, demonstrating that behaviors can be learned and unlearned through experience. This combined approach provides an effective method of changing people’s views of themselves and their environment (cognitions), as well as a way to change how they act in that environment (behaviors).
Psychodynamic Therapy is also known as insight-oriented therapy. It evolved as a simpler, less lengthy alternative to psychoanalysis. In psychodynamic therapy, people’s emotions, thoughts, early life experiences, and beliefs are examined to gain insight into their present day situations and to evaluate the patterns they have developed over time. Identifying recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they deal with distress, often developing defense mechanisms as a method of coping. However, when overutilized, these methods of coping can create other difficulties in life. In its current, more brief form, a psychodynamic approach enables you to examine unresolved personal issues and problematic behaviors that have resulted from past dysfunctional relationships and manifested themselves in less-than-ideal present day circumstances. With this awareness, you can proceed to make changes in your way of being in the world and relating with others.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that was designed to help people let go of self-defeating patterns. It was originally formulated to help people with personality disorders, but research has shown it to be very effective with other issues. DBT is now commonly utilized to decrease anxiety, manage stress, alleviate depression, and improve relationships, with romantic partners, friends, family, or colleagues. DBT helps you to regulate your emotions by learning about the triggers that lead you to react in detrimental ways and then practicing appropriate coping skills. You improve your relationships by learning strategies to ask for what you need, say no, and cope with conflict. Mindfulness and stress tolerance are also components of DBT that teach you to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment, and to recognize difficult situations without being overwhelmed by them or the emotions they evoke.
Life Coaching is a direct and goal-oriented approach to helping people achieve their ambitions in their personal lives or careers. It generally involves an assessment of your current situation, discovering what your obstacles or challenges are, and a clearly defined goal. If you do not have a clear goal, then coaching can help you to explore your options and decide on a goal. Then a course of action is formulated to move you from your current situation to your desired outcome. Throughout the coaching process you receive supportive guidance as you encounter different challenges. Although coaching draws from a number of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and numerous forms of counseling, it is less concerned with past experiences and more concerned with future achievements.
Mindfulness is a state of awareness that is non-judgmental, accepting, and inviting of whatever arises in the moment, within you or outside of you. It encourages focusing on the present moment, rather than being preoccupied with pain from the past or anxiety about the future. Mindfulness promotes the development of stability, inner calmness, and non-reactivity. By practicing this form of awareness, you learn to disentangle yourself from habitual thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and connect with your current experience. Mindfulness affords you the option to handle situations with considered action rather than habitual reaction.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. It examines positive human functioning on multiple levels, including biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global dimensions of life. The field is based on the premise that people truly want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. When used in therapy, the goal of Positive Psychology is to help you change your negative styles of thinking in order to change how you feel. Changing how you think about yourself, other people, and your future deeply impacts your emotional state. The ability to pull attention away from the chronic, negative inner chatter of your thoughts makes a positive impact on your overall well-being.
Dr. Christine Fernandez - Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Christine is a Licensed Psychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and over a decade of business experience in a managerial position in a Fortune 500 company.
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