What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
There are several different approaches to psychotherapy, and it is important to find a good fit between the client's needs and the style of a particular therapist. Dr. Garcia combines supportive, interpersonal therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
CBT emphasizes current thinking and behavior patterns rather than early childhood experiences. During CBT, the therapist helps the client identify and change the patterns that get in the way of good health and emotional well-being. Clients learn how to gain control over troublesome situations in their lives, and learn skills that help them maintain the positive changes they make during therapy.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT, particularly for depression, generalized anxiety, obsessions/compulsions, and other fears. It is often helpful as an addition to psychiatric treatment approaches that target the biochemical bases of psychological disorders.
What Happens When I Start Therapy?
The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. You’ll be given some initial thoughts about what the work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions about whether you feel comfortable working with the therapist. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the therapist you select. If you have questions about the procedures, you should discuss them whenever they arise.
How Long Are Appointments?
Therapy sessions usually last 45-50 minutes. Your first session may be a little longer.
How Frequent Are Appointments?
Sessions usually occur once each week, more often if there is a crisis, but less often as issues become resolved.