Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – C.B.T.

A modern effective psychotherapy technique for making positive changes more quickly

C.B.T. has many positive applications

C.B.T. is helpful in the treatment of any psychological, emotional, social, behavioral or health issue in which one’s beliefs, thoughts and/or habituated or automatic mind sets have a negative affect on one’s emotions, behaviors or physiological responses.

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C.B.T. is helpful in the treatment of any psychological, emotional, social, behavioral or health issue in which one’s beliefs, thoughts and/or habituated or automatic mind sets  have a negative affect  on one’s emotions, behaviors or physiological responses.

Introduction

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.) is a goal oriented, problem solving, focused, short term, interactive and empowering form of psychotherapy. C.B.T. is one of my treatment strategies.

There are a variety of processes that are utilized within C.B.T., however I believe the most important one is learning how to identify and understand  our thoughts, beliefs and cognitive patterns affect our feelings and behaviors.

For example, a person may come to my office complaining of low motivation, or low self-esteem, or performance anxiety or even panic attacks – and have no idea where it comes from.

I choose to use C.B.T. processes, as part of my therapeutic strategies simply because it has become so clear during the thousands of hours of therapy I provided, that a person’s conscious and unconscious thoughts have significant impact on their emotions and behaviors.

The process: I guide my clients in a process that helps them to clearly define their problems and their goals, and to understand the relationship between their thoughts, behaviors and feelings. We then examine and evaluate them to determine which are helpful and which are not. We get rid of the harmful thoughts and patterns and acquire new helpful ones.

As part of the therapy process, it needs to be clear that the client actually wants to achieve the stated goals. This requires an evaluation to see if there are any issues which may interfere with the actualization of the stated goals. Examples include fear of success, changing relationship dynamics and secondary gain issues. (Secondary gain refers to the benefit the person gets from the problem that is being solved.)

Please note: I do not only rely on the C.B.T. as the only treatment strategies, as I believe that true integration and growth requires more than just cognitive programming.

Although C.B.T. is relatively new in Israel, psychologists, health professionals and the public realize that it is a proven effective treatment.

Integration of C.B.T. and Hypnotherapy provides extra benefits

Simply stated C.B.T. is much more effective when used in conjunction with hypnosis. C.B.T. involves discovering, understanding and evaluating the truth, logic and consequences of one’s thoughts. However, since much or what we think and believe is operating on a subconscious level, it is important when doing C.B.T. to have both one’s conscious and subconscious thoughts available to evaluate. In fact, often our unconscious thoughts have greater influence on us than our conscious ones.

Hypnosis helps people to get in touch with their subconscious thoughts and experiences. Consequently C.B.T. in hypnosis is much more effective, then using C.B.T. on a conscious level only.

Another reason that hypnosis enhances the treatment process is that once the client learns what thoughts are helpful and what thoughts are harmful, hypnosis can be used to help the client to get rid of the negative thoughts, beliefs and patterns, and strengthen and habituate the positive ones.

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My Qualifications

I have been utilizing C.B.T. in my clinical practice since 1979, when I was trained in its use as part of my Masters in Psychology. I helped hundreds of clients and patients with C.B.T. as a part of my treatment tools.

I also trained many psychotherapists in its use, when I was the senior supervisor at the Westside Counseling Center, in Santa Monica, California.

My Qualifications

I have been utilizing C.B.T. in my clinical practice since 1979, when I was trained in its use as part of my Masters in Psychology. I helped hundreds of clients and patients with C.B.T. as a part of my treatment tools.

I also trained many psychotherapists in its use, when I was the senior supervisor at the Westside Counseling Center, in Santa Monica, California.

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DISCLAIMER:

Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.

I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.              

At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.

Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.

A proper diagnosis and evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.

Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.

All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient, and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.

DISCLAIMER:

Of course specific results cannot be guaranteed, and vary from client/patient to client/patient. Motivation and positive participation, as well as suggested homework are required of the patient. The work is a partnership between therapist and client/patient.

I want to give my patients the best treatment I can, and create the best treatment strategy for each patient. To do this, it is important for me to have the necessary information regarding their condition, medical history, and past and concurrent treatment, with other health professionals. I, therefore, request consultation with my patients’ medical doctors, when I treat them for medical or psychiatric diagnoses, or at least a copy of their medical report, so that I can offer the best services possible.              

At times hypnosis or another modality of therapy is not recommended or appropriate for a particular client/patient. Whether hypnosis or another modality is utilized in the treatment of my client/patient is determined after consultation and evaluation of the client/patient, the specific issues presented the preference of the client/patient, and the client/patient’s medical history.

Regarding hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy and hypnosis are usually very good treatment interventions. However, hypnosis is contraindicated under certain circumstances. For example, hypnosis is usually contraindicated for individuals who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders, such as psychoses and schizophrenia.

A proper diagnosis and evaluation of each client/patient must be made before hypnosis is utilized. It is only at the request of the client/patient and at the evaluation and discretion of Dr. Sheldon that hypnosis will be utilized.

Often Dr. Sheldon consults with other physicians treating his client/patient as part of the evaluation and the creation of the proper treatment strategies, as well as to ensure that there is safety, harmony, coordination and consistency among the health professionals treating the client/patient and the treatment modalities utilized. Dr. Sheldon will also ask the client/patient to provide information regarding any medications or other drugs taken.

Regarding Testimonials and Endorsements: Of course what is written in testimonials and endorsements and professional recommendations represents the author’s experiences and opinions.

All of the above is for the well-being of the client/patient, and to make sure that all work is done with high ethical and professional standards, legally, effectively. I want to give excellent service and wants each of his clients/patients to be as successful as possible.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me.