I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and utilize both in my practice. Both treatments are research
based and empirically validated.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is based, at its core, on behavior therapy, in that there
is a stimulus that leads to a response. We can shape behaviors by reinforcing certain
responses and punishing certain responses. When you reinforce a response it is more likely to happen again and when you punish a response it is less likely to occur in the future. The “cognitive” aspect of CBT recognizes how a stimulus affects our thoughts (cognitions) and our feelings. Therefore, a negative stimulus (such as a punch in the face) will bring about negative thoughts about the person who hit you, or self-deprecating thoughts (“I should have fought back”)