ABC Therapy offers a tailored approach to your treatment. Therapy is rooted in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy and is supported by empirical research to have lasting effects on one's wellbeing. Please read descriptions below to learn more.
"When I let go of who I am, I can become what I might be." Lao Tzu
Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a fancy way of saying that one’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts are all interconnected, and that we can make lasting changes to our perceptions of life by identifying and altering our thoughts and behaviors. During sessions we talk about your thought processes and how they may affect your current emotional state. Through a set of exercises, such as exposure and response prevention and cognitive restructuring, you will learn how to challenge your thoughts and behaviors to function more effectively and happily.
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Mindfulness Based Therapy teaches you to be truly present to each passing moment, allowing your awareness to accept all internal experiences without judgment. Some exercises include breathing techniques, relaxation training, and meditation. This form of therapy helps one integrate his/her mind and body in an effort to achieve a state of equanimity.
Exposure and Response Prevention is a form of treatment used to help individuals with varying forms of anxiety overcome their fears. One creates a hierarchy of fear related to the anxiety provoking topic and is guided through exercises to help the individual manage his/her anxiety adaptively.
"Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder, first and foremost. It is not a thought disorder. Although the thoughts associated with OCD are bizarre, they are not at all the focal point of the therapeutic objective. The essential features of OCD are recurrent obsessions (thoughts) that create an awareness of alarm or threat. Persons typically engage in some avoidance or escape response in reaction to the obsessive threat (I typically refer to the obsessive threat as a "spike."). Obsessions take the form of either a perceived threat of physical harm to oneself or others or, in some cases, more of a metaphysical or spiritual threat to oneself, others, or perhaps a deity. I believe approximately 80 percent of individuals performing these rituals are painfully aware that their behavior is unreasonable and irrational. However this insight provides no relief. Therefore attempting to help sufferers through reassurance has no long lasting positive effect." (Phillipson, "What is OCD?") If you are interested in treatment please call or email to make an appointment! I look forward to starting a wellness driven partnership with you!