What is Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy?

CBT is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. If the patterns of thinking that lead to emotional distress and self-destructive actions are examined, it is possible to modify these patterns to improve coping.

The effectiveness of CBT has been demonstrated for a wide variety of mental illnesses including mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, sleep, and psychotic disorders. Studies have shown that CBT changes brain activity, suggesting that the brain actually improves its functioning as a result of this type of therapy. In fact, CBT has been shown to be as effective as antidepressant medications for some individuals, and may even be better at preventing relapse of symptoms. -National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2012

How can I schedule an appointment?

Appointments can be scheduled Monday-Thursday 11am-7:30pm and Friday from 10am-12:30pm. Please contact me at (828)707-0723 to schedule an appointment.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Your first appointment will range from 60-90 minutes. Before we begin talking, you will fill out a confidential “Self-Report” form, as a way for me to better assess your needs. I will provide you with information regarding HIPAA laws, as well as my personal policies and practices.

The first appointment generally consists of me asking questions about yourself and your personal history. This is a great opportunity for you to tell me what your goals for therapy are and what you hope to find in your therapist.

What is therapy like?

Therapy sessions are unique. Each caters to the individual and their goals. Typically therapists discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life. Often a series of weekly sessions are scheduled, consisting of fifty minutes each.

Therapy can be short-term, focused on a specific issue, or long-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. I may ask you to take certain actions outside of therapy, such as reading a relevant book or keeping track of certain behaviors.

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?

If using your mental health benefits, you will need your insurance card.

Contact your insurance company before your first appointment in order to determine your mental health benefits. Learn more specific questions to ask your insurance provider regarding your benefits.

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