At the Bay Area CBT Center, we dedicate ourselves to integrating an interpersonal approach to a wide variety of evidence-based treatments. We base our therapy on the notion that psychological symptoms occur within an interpersonal context. The way we interact with others around us maintains and reinforces anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD, chronic pain, and other conditions. And just as our relationships impact our moods, our moods also impact our relationships.
We can help you find a path through the often bewildering maze of interpersonal relationships and life’s challenges by developing healthier and more effective ways of relating—not only to others but to yourself as well.
We base our therapy on the notion that the relationships in your life including your relationship with your therapist are of central importance and are a primary motivator for behavioral change. Psychological symptoms occur within an interpersonal context. That could be your relationship with your partner, your boss, your family, your coworkers, or your therapist. Therefore we focus on creating an authentic and healing relationship with you. To understand your relationships and how they work (or don’t work) and how they impact your life, we explore not only how you feel but also what you think and how you behave.
We need more than insight to create behavioral change. Understanding the root of your struggles is not enough to create long-lasting change. Knowing where you are stuck is just the beginning. Creating behavioral flexibility and taking deliberate and meaningful actions, even in the face of fear is our ultimate goal. We need to learn specific tools and practice new skills in order to develop more effective coping strategies in our daily life.
There isn’t one type of treatment or therapeutic approach that is equally effective for everyone. An integrative approach is necessary for effective treatment outcomes. We consistently integrate tools and techniques from various treatment approaches to co-create a method that specifically works for you.
We can help you overcome your difficulties and start living a more fulfilling and vital life. Our goal is to provide you with effective, collaborative, and integrative therapy that is specifically tailored to you and your situation—in short, to help you learn the skills you need to live the kind of life your desire.