Cognitive-Behavior Psychotherapy (CBT, also known as CBE – cognitive, behavioral, emotional) focuses on the thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms & behaviors that comprise an area of emotional, relational, and life difficulty. Controlled clinical trials of treatment for Anxiety & Mood disorders demonstrate that CBT decreases symptoms in 60-80% of sufferers. Research comparing CBT to psychotropic drugs for anxiety and mood problems repeatedly show that therapy is equally effective but more comprehensive and long term: Drugs change your brain chemistry, with some unwanted side effects, but do not change your circumstances nor the origin of anxiety, mood, or relationship problems. New behaviors as developed through CBT also change brain chemistry and therapy helps you address the cause(s), not just the symptoms. In acute situations, research shows that combining drugs with therapy is the most effective treatment.
The goals of CBT are to:
• recognize maladaptive patterns of thinking/acting
• decrease the intensity & frequency of problematic symptoms
• increase coping skills, change feelings and behaviors
• prevent relapse
What is multi-modal, holistic therapy?
Multimodal therapy allows individualization of approach and techniques defined by what each client needs. Dr. Orion’s application can incorporate brief therapy approaches, individual or couples work, CBT, mindfulness and relaxation, traditional talk/insight therapy (psychodynamic), solution focused techniques, family systems theory, sex therapy, and clinical humanistic psychology. Holistic means we address the whole of your life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, cultural – as needed, in relation to the problems and issues you present, rather than just focusing only on specific symptoms with a single approach. It’s body, mind, & spirit; it’s bio-psycho-social.
A whole person is more than behaviors and thoughts, but maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can impair lives and relationships. People suffering from such impairments also need to clarify, heal, express, tolerate, and share emotions. Emotional closeness is the essence of intimacy and a vital part of any significant relationship whether between parent and child, family members, friends, or adult partners. Using CBT to address behavior and thinking patterns is often a necessary component in further developing emotional and relationship health. Sexual health is more than the absence of disease; relationship health is more than the absence of conflict.
Psycho-education is yet another important component of most clients’ therapeutic experience. Everyone in this complex society and stressful demanding world needs information on a variety of topics including the process of change, relationships, brain function, physiology, nature and instinct, and how culture has and does impact our selves, families, and relationships. Many people also, or instead, need other kinds of help, including understanding and differentiating from family of origin influences and experiences, and with problems that may NOT require a comprehensive CBT program. Multi-modal, holistic approaches allow for such individualized, yet expert, treatment.