My Approach & Theoretical Orientation
There are certainly no shortage of mental health professionals from which a potential client might choose to seek help. Research suggests that there are a number of factors that appear to consistently impact the degree to which therapy can be successful. Of these factors, a significant commonality that seems to cut through most individual characteristics of either the client or therapist is what is known as the therapeutic relationship. That is, when all is said and done, the client's reported perception and experience of the quality of the client-therapist relationship is one of the most significant predictors of overall client outcome. Therefore, when choosing a therapist to deliver counseling and psychotherapy, it is critical that you seek someone with whom you feel you can build a respectful and trusting relationship.
When choosing a counselor or psychotherapist, remember that you are choosing someone with whom you are entrusting your mental health and overall well-being. Therefore, it is also important that you seek a mental health professional who is able and willing to dedicate their practice to providing therapeutic treatments that have been established by strong foundations in psychological theory and established and proven through scientific research. Therapy treatments that fit these criteria, and have been developed for a specific issue using a specific treatment, are known as "empirically supported treatments". This is exactly what you will receive at Prisma. While an eclectic approach is adhered to at Prisma, a heavy focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is employed when designing individualized treatment plans.
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?
Cognitive behavior therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more limited in duration, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
WHAT IS THE THEORY BEHIND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)?
Jeremy A. Montemarano, M.A., LPC
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