Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Psychologist On The Northern Beaches

Numerous research studies have found that Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for panic attacks, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is conflicting research on whether CBT is superior to other forms of therapy for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Most psychologists on the Northern Beaches are not trained in CBT and provide other forms of psychotherapy click here to see a trained clinical psychologist on the Northern Beaches Sydney. But several of the therapists in our office are highly qualified cognitive-behavioral psychologists, and two of us are the founders of the Australian Association of Cognitive-Behavioral psychologists.

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The basic assumption of cognitive-behavior therapy is that people’s psychological problems are caused by erroneous thinking. CBT therapists use cognitive and behavioral techniques to change patients’ erroneous thinking, and the changed thinking causes symptom relief as well as positive changes in behavior, emotions, self-esteem, relationships, and coping skills.

Couple Therapy CBT Therapy With A Psychologist

When a couple calls us, we like to begin with a consultation where one of us meets with the couple, spending some time with both of you together and some time with each of you alone. Toward the end of the initial consultation, the psychologist will talk to both of you again, and tell you how we see the problem and whether we believe couple therapy would be helpful. Sometimes there are individual problems which need to be addressed in addition to the couple problems. Typical couple therapy includes help with:

Improving Communication: We will teach both of you how to express what is on your mind, including your negative feelings, without being offensive to your partner. We will also teach both of you how to listen effectively, enabling you and your partner to understand each other’s feelings, and showing each of you how to help your partner express what’s on his or her mind.

Learning to Resolve Differences: In every relationship there are situations where you and your partner have different wants, needs, and preferences. We will show you how to resolve these differences in ways you both can be comfortable with.

Understanding Each Other’s Feelings: A relationship is not intimate unless each of you understands the other’s hopes, fears, joys, and sadness. Couple therapy is an ideal forum for gaining better understanding of each other in a safe environment.

Temper and Anger Control: Temper and anger control are often important issues in intimate relationships. We can teach you effective techniques for reducing the intensity of your anger, and help you find constructive rather than destructive ways to express that anger.

Criticism: In intimate relationships, what one partner believes is a helpful suggestion is often experienced by the other partner as harsh and/or constant criticism. We can help each of you become more aware of your tone of voice, and show you how you may sometimes feel criticized when that is not your partner’s intention.

Control Problems: In many relationships, one partner feels controlled by the other. This situation may last for many years before the partner who feels controlled is ready to confront the issue. Usually the other partner wants the relationship to work, but has great difficulty understanding and making appropriate changes. We can help both of you through this difficult transition and find a new way of relating to each other.

Infidelity: If you suspect that your partner is currently being unfaithful, we may recommend that you begin with some individual sessions to obtain guidance in how to deal with the situation. If the infidelity is in the past, we will work with the two of you on regaining trust and solving the problems which originally led to the infidelity.

Separation and Divorce: If you have already decided on divorce, we can help you work toward an amicable separation. This is particularly important if children are involved. Careful research has found that parental conflict, not divorce, is the most important cause of children’s psychological problems. However, it is also true that many relationships which appear to be hopeless can be repaired with professional help.

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