Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.

Exposure Therapy encourages you to confront your fears in a safe and controlled environment.  Through repeated exposures to the feared object or situation, either in your imagination or in reality, you gain a greater sense of control. As you face your fear without being harmed, your anxiety gradually diminishes.

Mood Regulation Strategies teach you how to regulate your emotions and cope more effectively in stressful situations.  It is important to be able to identify your emotions, take multiple perspectives, learn your triggers, deal with some levels of discomfort, and employ your coping strategies.

Communication training refers to developing necessary skills for effective communications. Understanding basic social conventions, knowing your audience, preparing topics, and practicing social exchanges can help alleviate anxiety and propel your social interactions.

Mindfulness Therapy focuses on increasing self-awareness through quieting the mind and turning into the body.  It can also be described as the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally, to things as they are.  These strategies can be a useful tool for patients struggling with anxiety and depression.

Other Strategies Employed:

  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Meditation
  • Assertive communication