WHAT IS SOLUTION-DRIVEN CHANGE ?
Everything starts and ends in your brain. How your mind works determines how happy you are, how healthy you are, how successful you feel, and how well you interact with others. The patterns of your mind encourage you toward success, or cause you to struggle in mediocrity, or worse. Learning how to focus and direct your mind is one of the most important ingredients of a healthy and successful life, love, and career.As a Solution-Driven psychologist, I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), a focused, evidence based problem solving psychotherapy, highly effective in treating depression, anxiety, stress, panic, anger, substance use problems and relationship distress. This approach is also well-suited to help individuals and couples overcome the damages caused to their lives by addictions, abuse, trauma, and dysfunctional relationships.
CBT is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials and for many different problems. In contrast to other forms of therapy, CBT is more focused on the present (including how the past has influenced the present), more time-limited, more problem-solving, and generates concrete and specific tools you can use in your life immediately.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HOMEWORK IN SOLUTION-DRIVEN CHANGE | Homework is an important component of Solution Driven Change. Developed collaboratively during therapy sessions, homework assignments may be used to rehearse new skills, practice coping strategies, and restructure destructive beliefs. Although some patients believe that the effectiveness of psychotherapy depends on the quality of in-session work, research indicates consistent homework during the rest of the week may be even more important. Without homework, the insights, plans, and good intentions that emerge during a therapy session are at risk of being buried by patterns of negative thinking and behavior that have been strengthened through years of inadvertent rehearsal. Ask yourself, "Is an hour of therapeutic work enough to create change during the other 167 hours in a week?"
SOME OF THE SKILLS YOU'LL LEARN IN SOLUTION-DRIVEN CHANGE
- Emotional Regulation Skills: understanding emotions and reducing vulnerability to them, incorporating self-care, opposite action and building positive experience.
- Distress Tolerance Skills: Building frustration tolerance, utilizing crisis survival strategies and plans.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: Balance in relationships, objective, relationship and self-respect effectiveness.
- How to Respond to Your Inner Critic
- How to Cultivate a State of Mind That Releases the Anxious Mind
- Ways to Channel Anxious Energy Toward Skillful Behaviors