Psychotherapeutic Approaches

T.E.A.M. approach to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) refers to working therapeutically with the connections between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

There are many effective techniques within this approach to alleviate:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • low self-esteem
  • shyness
  • insomnia
  • social anxiety
  • obsessive compulsion
  • physical pain

This approach helps you to learn how thoughts create emotions, and how they relate to physical pain. It also provides techniques for you to change self-defeating thoughts and actions into productive, self-enhancing thoughts and actions.

This can enable you to move your life into a happy, satisfying, self-fulfilling experience.

I am a student and practitioner of the T.E.A.M. Cognitive Behavioral approach developed by David Burns, M.D.

T.E.A.M. therapy emphasizes speedy change and relief. Both CBT, by itself, and the T.E.A.M. approach to CBT are evidence (research) based.

T.E.A.M. stands for:

T = Testing. Symptoms are measured before and after every therapy session, using brief, accurate scales. These scales evaluate if you are meeting your goals for therapy.

E = Empathy. T.E.A.M. therapy emphasizes the therapist’s genuine empathy, warmth and caring. Understanding your experience, feelings, thoughts, and concerns is a high priority, and a prerequisite for successful collaboration between you and your therapist toward meeting your goals.

A = Agenda Setting. The T.E.A.M. approach emphasizes setting an agenda for every session. With the support of the therapist, you create the agenda. We then focus on the problems and issues that are most upsetting to you, and that you want to work through and resolve.

M = Methods. These methods are actually the heart of T.E.A.M. therapy. They are powerful, and can help to defeat negative thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that hinder joy, self-esteem, productivity, intimacy, as well as physical and emotional well-being.

Psychotherapeutic approaches to pain management are an adjunct to, not a substitute for, medical intervention.

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