Assessment & Psychotherapy Services

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is a directive, time-limited, and action-oriented psychosocial treatment. It combines both cognitive and behavioral therapy components. Therapeutic assumptions are that faulty thinking patterns cause maladaptive (self-defeating) behavior, negatively-valenced emotional reactions, and adverse physiological reactivity. Modifying any one modality (e.g., thought patterns, behavior) can yield more adaptive (desirable) and enduring changes in an individual’s personal repertoire.

Behavioral Medicine Consultation

BM is a clinical subspecialty involving the application of cognitive and behavioral therapies to chronic medical problems, syndromes, and disease states. The practice of behavioral medicine is founded upon research suggesting that a) physical problems are influenced by behavioral and psychological factors, and that b) proactive behavioral changes can yield better physical and emotional well–being and ability to cope with chronic medical conditions.

Motivational Interviewing Intervention

MI interventions are founded upon Prochaska & DiClemente's (1983, 1994) transtheoretical model of intentional human behavior. Herein, it is assumed that ambivalence about change underlies the human condition (i.e., it is pervasive) and consequently related motivation must be addressed within any therapeutic endeavor. Therapeutic interventions target each individual’s motivation to make lifestyle & behavioral changes via transition through a motivational continuum. This continuum is called The Stages of Change: Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, & Termination.

Importantly, CBT, BM, & MI methodology is founded upon, and supported by, empirical research.