Approach

As your therapist, I will provide you with a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental setting in which to express your concerns, before coming up with a treatment plan to achieve desired results.

The approach I use is an evidence based form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) called T.E.A.M. This approach was developed by my mentor David Burns, M.D. (Adjunct Professor Emeritus Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University and best selling author).  T.E.A.M. draws heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic modalities to facilitate rapid and lasting change.

The focus in therapy is on the "here and now".  Sessions tend to be highly structured and goal oriented.  While a typical session is 50 minutes in length, it is often the case that patients experience faster and more cost effective results when they choose  longer sessions (80-110 minutes) spaced closer together.

I also do "intensives" i.e. extended sessions lasting 3-6 hours per day for a brief period of time, which can be an even more cost effective way to achieve desired outcomes. 

Therapy sessions tend to be active and can be fun as well.  In sessions you will have time to receive empathy and support as well as opportunities to use tools geared towards helping you identify and defeat negative thoughts, self defeating beliefs, and behavior patterns that rob you of joy, self-esteem, productivity and intimacy. At the start and end of every session you will have opportunities to measure your symptoms and monitor your progress using brief, accurate scales. You will also have a chance to rate your therapist’s warmth, understanding, and helpfulness at the end of every session.

Homework assignments will be prescribed at the end of each session to facilitate rapid and lasting change.