Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. It is becoming widely used as a form of therapy for clients who seek to be an active part of their own therapeutic process.
Understanding how our thoughts lead to emotions which then drive us to behave in certain ways, often reinforcing painful
patterns and beliefs in the process, we can see that we are the common denominator to our struggles. This does not mean
"blaming" one's self, as these ways of thinking and reacting were learned at a time when they were likely the only means
available. Rather it offers the possibility of real change in your life now, and the liberating reality that the
circumstances of our lives, and our very selves, do not have to be perfect in order to heal and find peace.
We are not our thoughts. As surprising as this is to discover, it is also an immense relief to realize our thoughts are but
one aspect of our beings. We do not have to believe everything we think! In this spirit I teach my clients mindfulness
practices to see and understand the happenings of the mind and begin to relate to thoughts in a way which is useful and
healthy. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process which involves the active participation between myself and my
clients, and as such will show up for you in a proactive and engaged manner, while supporting you to take the tools you
learn in therapy, outside the office and into your daily life.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be useful for many issues, including anger management, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem,
communication issues, conflict management, and many other issues as well.
To make an appointment or to ask further questions about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and/or Mindfulness Training, please
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 220-3558.
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