FAQ

What is Behavioral/Cognitive Therapy?
Behavior therapy teaches patients how to reduce, control, or eliminate their maladaptive behaviors. Behavior therapy differs from other forms of therapy in that the method of treatment has been experimentally tested and scientifically 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, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, and childhood and family problems. There is increasing evidence that behavior therapy may alter brain chemistry functioning similar to medication.

Cognitive therapy is based upon the theory that extreme emotional reactions are the result of faulty beliefs. The goal is to educate patients in the skills necessary to identify and change these mistaken beliefs and to replace them with logical ones. The result is a more balanced and moderate view of oneself, one .s life problems, and the world, leading to more positive emotional responses and more effective behaviors. Readings and .homework assignments . are 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. It can be most effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and distressed relationships (e.g., marital, co-workers, parent/child).

How successful/effective is your treatment?
Our treatment is based on research findings and techniques which have been studied over many years.  Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be quite successful at managing symptoms of many disorders.  Success rates are based on many factors, including the type of disorder, family issues, personality characteristics of the individual, the frequency and intensity of therapy, etc.  We aim to provide the highest quality care with the highest success rates.
 
How long does it take? How quickly do I see results?
Because cognitive behavioral treatment is a very practical and structured treatment with a focus on current symptoms, current behaviors, and factors in the person's immediate environment, results can be seen in a very short amount of time.  Patients may see some benefit within 10-12 sessions.
 
Does CBT work for children?  How is it different?
Yes, CBT does work for children in much the same way as adults.  The treatment is altered to incorporate games, rewards, and family involvement.  The main techniques are the same as for adults.