Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective form of treatment that exists for a multitude of problems. It is based on the idea that it is not events that influence our feelings but our thoughts about these events. It also proposes that our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected and changing one will change the other two.

How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy work?

We are consciously aware of some of our thoughts (we realize we are thinking them) and we are not aware of others (they emerge in our minds automatically without our awareness). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps clients identify both types of their negative thoughts and their impact on how we feel and behave.

It teaches how to modify our negative thinking and behavior patterns and substitute them with more positive ones.  For example, a loss of a job or a birth of a child may be experienced as either positive or negative and thus evoke positive or negative feelings and reactions based on what we tell ourselves about them or how we interpret them either as a "god-send" or a "disaster." 

This may sound simple and easy. However our thinking and behaving patterns are often deeply entrenched, Identifying and changing them requires concerted effort and practice. Thus, homework is an integral part of  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a vehicle of change.

My approach

 

I integrate Cognitive Behavioral techniques in sex therapy and couples counseling. I successfully apply Cognitive Behavioral interventions to treatment of sexual dysfunctions such as ED, premature ejaculation, pain during sex, low libido, and others. Likewise, couples benefit from learning new ways of thinking and behaving in their relationships as they  modify their communication styles and approaches to their problem solving and conflict management.

If you are experiencing a sexual problem or you are not satisfied with your relationship, please contact me to discuss how using Cognitive Behavioral approach I can help you address these concerns.

Dagmara Svetcov, LMFT, LSOTP, CST

Texas LMFT # 203154

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California LMFT # 45387

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550 S. Watters Road, Suite 263, Allen, TX 75013

972.793.8488     F 844.726.0543   Email  www.selfandothercounseling.com

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