I practice cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Treatment typically also involves an educational component. This means that you'll be learning about the nature of your disorder or problem, which in itself can make it much more manageable. Knowledge is power, and empowerment reduces anxiety and distress.
I’ve seen some clients begin to see improvement in as little as two sessions. Others take much longer, especially if their problems are complex. On average, most clients find that they need at least eight sessions to experience significant and lasting change.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a highly effective type of treatment for a wide variety of problems and disorders. The focus of CBT is on the interactions amongst thoughts, behaviours, emotions, and changes in the body. The way that people assign meaning to their experiences interacts with the way that they see themselves, others, and the future. Therapeutic intervention leads to change in the way that people think and act, which in turn reduces intensity of negative emotions.
In the context of sexual problems, CBT is helpful in alleviating anxiety and negative mood related to sex and relationships, changing behaviour (increasing desired behaviour an decreasing unwanted behaviour), and in helping people see themselves and others less negatively.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Mindfulness
Acceptance and commitment therapy helps people to pursue their goals and live in a accordance with their values by freeing themselves from stranglehold of negative emotions and unhelpful thoughts. Through mindfulness techniques, people learn to disentangle themselves from negative thoughts and emotions, and become more engaged in the present. ACT is very helpful for both non-sexual and sexual disorders and problems.