Psychotherapy with AdultsPsychotherapy with Adults

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is used to help a person change behavior, improve mood, decrease anxiety, and overcome problems. It is a way to help people with a wide variety of mental illnesses and emotional difficulties. Psychotherapy helps with coping through daily life, impacts of trauma, medical illnesses, loss of loved ones, anxiety, depression, and other problems.

Psychotherapy treatment involves the use of therapeutic techniques from a number of approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy. For those suffering from depression, it is an important treatment option as they have often been found to experience a better response to psychotherapeutic treatments than medication, which may not work for them. Psychotherapy can also help patients overcome major problems such as eating disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and more.

Dr. Thurman offers a variety of independent adult counseling and therapy services to help you discover your inner strengths and gain the tools to continue creating a meaningful, happy life for yourself. We are committed to helping clients with anxiety, depression, school issues, and work-related stress. Dr. Thurman also offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help treat anxiety disorders.

After we complete an initial evaluation, we’ll recommend a treatment strategy that might include education, lifestyle changes, therapy, medications, or a combination if suitable for you. Psychotherapy typically involves subsequent therapy appointments based on need and availability.

Types of Psychotherapy for Adults Offered:

Utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Adults on an Individual Basis

Dr. Thurman offers a psychotherapy technique that assists patients in altering their thoughts and behaviors to improve mental health and well-being. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps individuals become aware of negative thinking to view challenging situations more clearly and respond effectively. 

The CBT technique consists of two major components: cognitive restructuring and behavioral activation. Cognitive restructuring is the process of challenging faulty, negative thinking such as “I am worthless,” so the patient can identify more accurate thoughts such as “I have done some worthwhile things.”

During CBT, Dr. Thurman will discuss personal experiences with the client and help them recognize their thoughts and how they affect their behaviors. Dr. Thurman will then use these discoveries to help the client work on coping skills, problem-solving skills, and other things that might be problematic for them.

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Can Help

CBT helps people address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that lead to their problems. It can also help to:

  • Improve emotional regulation
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Solve current problems
  • Challenge and change negative thinking
  • Cope with grief or loss
  • Manage symptoms of mental illness
  • Resolve relationship conflicts
  • Learn better ways to communicate
  • Overcome emotional trauma related to abuse or violence
  • Manage chronic physical symptoms
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