Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a short-term, directive, data driven symptom-oriented approach based on the best evidence available regarding the efficacy of psychotherapy. It is grounded in learning theory and its goal is to reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of symptoms that interfere with one’s daily functioning. It is important to note that it integrates behavioral dynamics which are considered essential to a thorough amelioration of the target symptomatology. We practice CBT in Boro Park and surrounding areas.
CBT for Adults
Will offer both cognitive and behavioral skills aimed at reducing symptoms or maladaptive behavior patterns. Cognitive skills specifically target the restructuring of thinking that interferes with healthy living. Behavioral interventions will directly engage the individual in developing adaptive behavior patterns often through exposure related exercises.
CBT for Children
For children below age 9, interventions are behavioral in nature and focus on behavioral contracting or contingency management. For children 9 and older, cognitive interventions are also offered, helping them to develop more flexibility in their thinking. Adolescent and teen emphasis is on navigating and avoiding the potentially destructive effects of social comparisons and judgment.
CBT for Couples
Begins with a formal assessment of the couple’s strengths and challenges. The focus is on the relationship as the client. Behavioral ground rules for effective communication are established and a review of how the couple navigates disagreement/negotiation is thoroughly assessed. Effective communication, parenting, and disciplinary skills are developed.
CBT for Families
A Family Systems approach is emphasized with a focus on the behavioral dynamics fueling family conflict and discord. Again, communication and effective collaborative life skills are established and maintained.
CBT for Seniors
Focuses on developing the cognitive flexibility necessary to effectively manage life transitions and loss. Behavioral interventions target maintaining an active, consistent schedule with an emphasis on including novelty in one’s daily life.
CBT for Groups
Consisting of approximately 6 – 8 members, groups will focus on specific cognitive and behavioral interventions (i.e. an obsessive compulsive disorder group would engage in sharing the exposure with response prevention exercises they have been practicing at home). A major component of the group experience is the support members offer to one another.