Specializing in anxiety, OCD, and related afflictions
Cognitive-behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT for short, is a psychological treatment that has been shown to be effective for a lot of psychological issues. CBT consists of two parts, cognitive and behavioral. The cognitive piece utilizes psychological techniques to help us break free from the troublesome thoughts that plague us. The cognitive piece also serves the role of supporting ERP (more on this below). The behavioral component in CBT emphasizes behavior change. As we change our behavior, our thoughts and feelings often change.
Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention is the gold-standard of OCD treatment. Put simply, ERP is doing what makes us uncomfortable and not doing any neutralizing or comforting behaviors in response. Two major things tend to happen when we practice ERP: 1) anxiety decreases in time, and 2) we begin to learn that we're capable of much more than we thought.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Belonging to the third wave of cognitive-behavioral therapy, ACT (pronounced as a word, not an acronym) differs from traditional CBT in that it doesn't place heavy emphasis on challenging thoughts or getting caught up on their content. Rather, ACT focuses on mindfulness, acceptance, and values. ACT is a makes for a great adjunct in OCD and anxiety treatment.
Twelve step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, amongst many others, highly value peer support and the practice of various life principles such as: honesty, hope, faith, courage, integrity, willingness, humility, love, discipline, perseverance, awareness, and service. The integration of 12-step methodology and psychological intervention is available to those interested.
Habit Reversal Training (HRT)
HRT is a useful therapy for treating body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), such as compulsive skin-picking, hair-pulling, and nail-biting. Logging or tracking behaviors are often used to help one build awareness for their behavior as many of these behaviors occur almost unconsciously. A competing-response is often introduced to help diminish the target behavior. An example of this for a nail biter may be to place a bandage around one of the nails that are often bit.
Dysfunctional breathing can lead to a slew of physiological and psychological problems such as: breathlessness (dyspnea), dizziness, heart palpitations, anxiety, and panic. Restoring proper breathing mechanics is crucial to overall well-being. This is done through breathing assessments, education, exercise, and practice.