Everyone encounters challenges and new situations in life. We all want to meet these challenges with confidence, and hope to have acquired the necessary skills along the way to do so. Occasionally, however, we find that the tools that once worked for us no longer do. We may then feel frustrated, unsure of ourselves and have difficulty moving forward. These very challenges, however, help us grow, develop a greater awareness of ourselves and others, and empower us to make good choices. A caring and experienced therapist can help with these challenges...
Together we can identify self-defeating behavior patterns and replace them with positive solutions.
With a new self-awareness we can learn effective styles of communication.
With a new understanding we may enhance our relationships with our loved ones.
With greater confidence we may seek a more direct and clear path for achieving our goals.
With enhanced coping skills we will be better able to deal with loss and grief.
Whatever your needs, we are here to help.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
In our clinical work, we often use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat adults, couples and children. CBT assumes that faulty thinking patterns cause negative feelings and, consequently, counterproductive behavior and relationship problems. By examining these faulty thinking patterns, or cognitive distortions, we can ultimately replace them with a more balanced way of thinking, resulting in more balanced emotions and behavior.
CBT has been scientifically validated in many research studies that demonstrate response rates averaging 60-80% in children and adults who struggle with depression and anxiety disorders such as social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder.
CBT usually produces quicker results than other forms of therapy and tends to be focused on the present. While working together to change faulty patterns of thinking and behavior, clients share in the exploration of structured problem-solving to further advance progress towards their goals.
CBT is a skill-based therapy where a client learns not only the necessary skills to turn their life around, but also the necessary skills to be their own therapist in the future.
Adolescent Girls' Group
Torrey Hills Health also offers an Adolescent Girls' Group for the ages of 14 through 18. This group is facilitated by Angela Phillips, L.M.F.T., who developed a group approach based on a Cognitive Therapy model. While the group is process-oriented and skill-based, each session is geared towards the developmental needs of girls this age. The group focuses on social and emotional skills including the enhancement of self esteem, the identification of feelings, the development of coping skills, as well as problem solving and anger management techniques that they may apply to their lives every day. Angela has facilitated these groups for 6 years.