Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used during sessions and is a form of psychotherapy that is goal-oriented. CBT is designed to help individuals change their perceptions, patterns of thinking and behaviors. CBT allows clients to gain a deeper understanding of who they are, and the functions oftheir behaviors.
I have an extensive background with eating disorders and am truly passionate about helping individuals who are struggling with restrictive eating, overeating, over-exercising, body dysmorphia, and fears around food and eating. I help clients identify personal strengths, restructure thought processes, find healthy and appropriate replacement behaviors, and build strong support systems.
Areas of Expertise
When working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety it is important to understand anxiety is our body's natural response to stress. Therefore, I assist clients in identifying the types of anxiety they are feeling, and the triggers that evoke it. Clients begin to develop effective coping mechanisms, and discover the origins of their stress.
Depression often negatively affects mood, affect, ability to perform day-to-day functions, and perceptions, so it is important for clients to set goals. Clients review precipitating and predisposing factors, develop healthy support systems, and practice reframing thoughts. Clients become 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