Dr. Camenietzki

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy I can help you with:
bulletAutomatic thoughts that keep recurring or popping up in your head, such as “I’m not good enough,” or “I’ll fail, I always fail,” or “I’m a fraud,” or “Nobody likes me,” and so on. Such recurring negative thoughts are likely to create, or worsen, symptoms, such as depression, helplessness, low self-esteem, or anxiety
bulletChanging core beliefs that magnify your depression or anxiety, such as ingrained pessimism, or a belief that the world is a horrible place to live in, or that all men, or all people, are mean, corrupt, and abusive.
bulletModifying interior monologues or dialogues (“self-talk”) so that you may live more rationally, free of recurring negative automatic thoughts that may cause depression, anxiety, or not living up to one’s potential.
bulletPhobias, such as agoraphobia and claustrophobia, or paralyzing and debilitating fears, like fear of flying, fear of elevators, fear of driving a car in general, or fear of driving a car in a freeway, fear of riding the subway, fear of public speaking, or fear of seeing blood.
bulletPost-Traumatic Stress Disorders, especially when debilitating automatic thoughts perpetuate the disorder and are in the way of leading a productive and pleasurable life.
bulletEating disorders that are largely maintained by automatic thoughts, such as “I’m a slab of bacon,” “I’m huge, obese,” (when in fact you are underweight,) “no man will be turned on by a fatso like me,” etc.  
bulletSelf-defeating thoughts or self-fulfilling prophecies, like “I’ll never amount to anything,” that may lead you to feel helpless and unable to take steps to ameliorate your life.
Some clients favor Cognitive Behavior Therapy because it feels “real” or “like real life.” CBT is structured, I become much involved in the process of treatment, and I do assign exercises and behavioral assignments (“homework”) every week. Clients often have the feeling that they “know where they are going.”
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a short-term treatment, lasting 12 to 16 sessions, provided the client’s complaints are, say, three to nine months old. When clients complain of past abuse, or of having been raised in a dysfunctional family, treatments may be longer in duration.