Research has shown CBT to be helpful in treating various symptoms and issues including anxiety, depression and trauma. With my overall IPNB approach and use of eclectic therapies, I find various forms of CBT to be helpful with different people and in different situations. Thus I incorporate trauma-focused CBT, compassion-focused CBT, strength-focused CBT and mindfulness-focused CBT based on what is going on for each client, as challenging thoughts can change emotions and behaviors.
As I see it, understanding what is going on for each specific person means using an individualistic approach to therapeutic change. As we talk together in the therapy room, I often bring up different interventions and perspectives from different modalities, and together we consider if these approaches might be helpful in reducing symptoms and increasing wellness.
The IPNB approach explores how energy and information flows both within and between a person's brain, body and inner and outer connections. I find it gives an overall understanding of what might be going on for an individual and how best to therapeutically help lesson disturbing symptoms and improve functioning and happiness. I discuss with my clients ways to understand what might be going on for them and how, as a team, we can find ways towards therapeutic change.
We live in uncertain and stressful times, and so many people find themselves dealing with anxiety and stress. I find that our ability to problem-solve also has many of us stuck in rumination and worry, and have us feeling tense and stressed out most, if not all, of the time. In therapy, I help individuals consider what is going on, how to best view some of these problems and worries, and how to let go of some of those anxieties and the constant tension felt.
Going through life changes and situational stressors can cause negativity, depression, anxiety and sadness. I find that talking about what is going on, having the space to explore memories, name emotions and consider perspectives, helps in accepting what has happened and in finding resilience and hope for the future. It can take time and be difficult to adjust to change, but therapy is a place that can provide the compassionate support to something that can be so hard to face alone.
Self-esteem can be affected by so many different experiences, particularly when an individual has faced trauma, grief and difficult change. When self-esteem is threatened, negativity and depression can easily creep in. I also find that many people struggle with perfectionism and "inner critic" internal messages they have unconsciously set up. Together, we explore what has happened in the past, as well as thoughts and emotions that come up, to increase self-esteem and positive mood.