Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used during sessions and is a form of psychotherapy that is goal oriented and designed to help individuals change their perceptions, patterns of thinking, and behaviors. It allows clients to gain a deeper understanding of who they are, and the functions for their behaviors.
My background with eating disorders is extensive and I am truly passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with restrictive eating, overeating, over exercising, body dysmorphia, and fears about food/eating. Therefore clients and I work on identifying personal strengths, restructuring thought processes, finding healthy and appropriate behaviors, and building support systems.
Areas of Expertise
When working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety it is important to to realize these feelings are our body's natural response to stress. Therefore, I help clients identify the types of anxiety they are experiencing, and the triggers that evoke these anxious feelings. Clients also begin to develop effective coping mechanisms, while discovering the origins of their stress.
Many individuals experience feelings of depression, and these feelings often negatively affect our mood, affect, ability to perform day to day functions, and perceptions. Therefore, when working with clients we set goals and review precipitating and predisposing factors. Clients will also develop healthy support systems, and practice reframing thoughts so they are better equipped to handle their thoughts and emotions.
As a clinician, I believe everyone has something positive to contribute to a relationship. I believe it is important clients feel comfortable, safe and valued during each session.
I also do not believe our struggles define us, but instead make us stronger individuals, parents, friends, siblings, co-workers etc., and should be used as learning experiences to promote self-growth.
Clients work on perspective taking, reframing thoughts, and identifying their strengths so they can begin to understand and process their thoughts and emotions. Clients begin to understand the functions of their behaviors, and how to alter their thoughts, feel less anxious and begin to live a healthier lifestyle.
"Kathleen helped me to love myself again and take on a new, healthy outlook on wellness, and self-acceptance" -Client