Hamptons Psychological Assessments PLLC
Psychological Evaluations, Therapy & Consultation for Children, Adolescents, Adults & Families
At Hampton Psychological Assessments, PLLC we utilize Cognitive-Behavior Therapy which is an evidence based form of treatment. The overall goal in Cognitive Behavioral therapy [CBT] is to modify one's thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions, and to change one's usual pattern of behaving. Modifying the way in which you think can facilitate both emotional and behavioral change. Similarly, altering the way you act can result in cognitive and emotional change.
What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, commonly referred to as CBT, is based on the concept that changing negative thinking patterns and self-defeating behaviors can have a powerful effect on a person's emotions.
CBT is a structured therapy, which involves a partnership between the client and therapist. Together with the therapist, clients examine all elements that maintain a problem, including their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a client, you are fully involved in planning your treatment and the therapist will always let you know what is happening.
Basic Facts about CBT:
What do CBT therapists do?
- CBT therapists help clients develop coping skills that enable them to be more in control of their thoughts (that's the cognitive part) and their actions (that's the behavioral part).
Does CBT work?
- CBT has been extensively investigated in rigorous clinical trials and has demonstrated efficacy in treating anxiety and depression, among other disorders, in children and adults.
- For many problems such as anxiety and depression, CBT has been found to be as effective as medication. CBT can be used alone or in conjunction with medication, depending on the severity and nature of each client's problem.
What can I expect during CBT?
- Clients are first evaluated to obtain a thorough history and background information to better understand the nature of the difficulties for which treatment is being sought.
- Clients will also be asked to complete assessments and questionnaires.
- Treatment usually takes place on a weekly basis, focusing on current issues.
- A treatment plan is completed to set goals and to monitor progress.
- The number of sessions varies with the type of difficulties being treated.
- Often clients will be asked to practice specific techniques in between sessions, as they are expected to be active participants in their own therapy.
- Once the skills are learned and practiced, clients can keep using what they have learned in therapy to approach other problems in their life.
What is family-based cognitive behavioral therapy?
Results from research studies suggest that for some children a Family based cognitive behavior therapy approach is beneficial. In Family-based cognitive behavioral therapy:
- Both children and caregivers learn about how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected and how to change thoughts and behaviors to change negative patterns.
- Families learn how to communicate their feelings and thoughts effectively.
- Parents learn how to support and encourage their child to face their fears and master their anxiety.
- Parents learn strategies to manage their child's anxiety without giving in to their child's unrealistic fears.
- Families learn problem solving strategies that increase adaptive coping and decrease maladaptive patterns.
Although cognitive behavioral therapy interventions are the primary techniques we will use to help you make changes in your life, we will work with you in a flexible and comprehensive manner to best meet your needs.