Coaching and Psychotherapy: What Works

Coaching helps reinforce behavioral changes, psychotherapy helps with understanding and breakthroughs. I use mindfulness-based and cognitive therapy approaches because research shows that these are the most effective forms of treatment for mental health concerns. Below I describe the treatments I use and provide links to help you learn more about these approaches.
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Schema Mode Therapy

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)

CBT is typically a short-term (6-20 sessions), goal-oriented treatment which is designed to alleviate specific symptoms and problematic behaviors. CBT emphasizes the relationships among thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and teaches clients specific skills to improve their wellbeing by modifying thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors which are unhealthy, unproductive, or distressing. Research has supported the effectiveness of CBT in treating anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, sleep problems, and bulimia.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT incorporates behavior therapy with mindfulness and dialectical philosophy (e.g., balance between acceptance and change). Initially developed to treat suicidal individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has since been adapted for a variety of problems. The core components of DBT include mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Research has supported the effectiveness of DBT for individuals who struggle with intense emotions, mood swings, self-harm, suicidal urges, impulsivity, and eating disorders.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is a unique empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen personal values.

Read more about ACT:
Hayes, S. C. (2007). Hello darkness: Discovering our values by confronting our fears.
Psychotherapy Networker, 31 (5), 46-52.

Schema Mode Therapy

Empirically proven treatment for borderline personality disorders and disordered eating behaviors. Schema therapy utilizes a cognitive therapy approach to identify self-perpetuating patterns of memories, emotions, cognitions, sensations, and perceptions, or schemas, that drive behaviors. Some examples of early maladaptive schemas are Defectiveness/Shame, Social Isolation/Alienation, Dependence/Incompetence, Entitlement/Grandiosity, Unrelenting Standards, Insufficient Self-Discipline, and Emotional Inhibition.

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