Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is widely accepted as an evidenced based model for psychotherapy and overall treatment of mental health concerns. This treatment approach is derived from the idea that thoughts affect emotions, and emotions ultimately drive our behaviors. Through the application of this cognitive model, thoughts can be evaluated for rationality and general helpfulness towards reaching one's self identified goals. The idea is if the thought can be changed - or at least - observed, the feeling associated with the thought can be affected, and ultimately one can become more in control of one's own behaviors. 


Motivational Interviewing is a client centered approach to counseling with the end goal of eliciting behavior change. There are four main principles associated with this treatment model that encourage the client to explore thoughts and feelings related to developing their own motivation and identifying any barriers (real or imagined) that prevent them from making desired changes. 


This treatment approach is appropriately named in that it focuses on potential solutions to specific problems, rather than spending a great deal of time exploring past problems. 


*This section is meant only as a general overview, we can speak more specifically about treatment approach during your initial session(s).