One important part of CBT is helping clients change their unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.
CBT uses a variety of cognitive and behavioral techniques, but it isn’t defined by its use of these strategies. Together we will do collaborative problem solving and borrow from many psychotherapeutic modalities.
I offer an 11 week program (initial session plus the 10 week program) that gives each person a personal “skills toolbox” to help with pain self-management. We, together, look at your goals for life, and your goals for living despite the pain; how stress and pain are related; how negative thoughts can increase pain; and how to use assertive communication to get your wants and needs met. I also teach several different relaxation methods, which I can record so you can continue to listen to and complete on your own at home.
I start by educating people about their diagnosis and about CBT, help people set treatment goals, and teach essential thinking and behavioral skills. CBT interventions for depression generally focus on helping people become more engaged in activities that they value and have given up since becoming depressed. Treatment also involves helping people evaluate negative beliefs about themselves, the world, and the future that lead to them feel depressed. Cognitive behavior therapy for depression will:
Help you understand the cognitive conceptualization diagram
Teach you skills to prevent relapse
You will learn how to use evidence-based cognitive and behavioral strategies to help identify and respond to anxious thoughts and beliefs, restructure misinterpretations, eliminate safety behaviors, increase tolerance for uncertainty, and reduce obsessions, compulsions, and avoidance. CBT For Anxiety helps with:
Generalized anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Weight loss can be easy at first, but continuing to lose weight after several weeks/months or keeping off the weight you lose can be very difficult. Why? You need to learn how to lose weight. How to motivate yourself day after day. How to get back on track when you make a mistake. You need a plan. Success will not be determined only by protein, carbs, or fiber. Using CBT principles for weight loss, you will learn how to stick to your diet plan even when you don't feel like it. Insurance is not accepted for this program. The program consists of 10 sessions either on a weekly and bi-weekly basis for a total cost of $800. We will be using the Beck Diet Solution, The Diet Trap Solution and Beck Diet for Life Books and Workbooks. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for weight loss will help you with a step-by-step learning process on:
How to motivate yourself and stay on track
Build your sense of self-efficacy
Use good eating habits
Overcome feelings of discouragement and deprivation
I am a lifelong Billings native and have experience working in the counseling field for nearly 20 years. I attended school at MSU-Billings, graduating in 1996 with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Sociology, and achieving my Master’s degree in 1998.
I received my certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) in 1998 and received my Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) certification in 2001. After graduation I worked for several years in the mental health field directly, and then worked as a CRC for the next 14+ years.
I have maintained both of these certifications over the years and am excited to resume work directly in the mental health field. In preparation for this transition, I have spent the last several months receiving advanced training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from the Beck Institute in Pennsylvania, taking classes in: CBT-Essentials, CBT for Depression, CBT for Weight Loss and Maintenance and CBT for Anxiety.
Having been a lifelong Montana native, I feel that I have an acute understanding of the regional and environmental influences in our area.