My approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is to help individuals challenge faulty and irrational cognitions that have been triggering maladaptive behaviors within themselves and finally put an end to negative thoughts. I like to focus on modifying existing behavior patterns, including assisting clients to reduce negative interactions among family members or friends and increasing positive communication and problem-solving abilities. My focus is to help clients identify their dysfunctional behaviors and thoughts, modify their cognitions and interactions, design certain strategies to be implemented at home, and teach them new and effective behaviors and ways of communicating in a healthier manner. I also concentrate on educating clients about CBT, how it works, and how their cognitions influence their thoughts, behaviors, and relationships.
I focus on cognitive restructuring to challenge individuals and their thoughts about themselves and others so they can work towards reframing their faulty cognitions, thinking more positively and realistically, and reducing dysfunctional behaviors. In addition, the problem-solving technique helps clients address problems and unhealthy behaviors within the session and then eventually find healthy solutions. In sessions, modeling and role-playing will also be taught and practiced to encourage effective communication skills. Finally, I like to provide homework assignments that clients can do at home that can encourage positive behaviors. Mindfulness strategies, such as deep breathing is taught during sessions to help assist the client in reducing anxiety, and depression and can eliminate the frequency of panic attacks.
BA - Psychology, Montclair State University
MA - Clinical mental Health Counseling, Montclair State University
I was always the "go-to" in my family when they needed someone to talk to. I realized that I enjoyed helping others in need. I also decided to learn more about the mental health field after falling in love with my psychology courses in college. After working with a clinical psychologist, I was very happy and I knew I wanted to work in a similar environment.
I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family, especially my two sons. I like watching movies, reading a good book before bed, and having good conversations with someone.
Meditation because it's good for my mind, body, and soul. I also like to disconnect after a long day and focus on things that I enjoy. I am huge on self-care.
I usually like to read books that are fictional and also on mental health. I have not read a book twice but have read books that are based on similar topics like anxiety, trauma, or even a romance book.
I like to start my day early and meditate on some most days. I usually exercise at night when I have time. I love watching a movie and drinking my tea after having a long day.
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