New York Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
from Dr. Leah Lagos
Gain control of your emotions, let go of stress, and enhance mental clarity
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy used to treat a number of conditions, including depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, by addressing their root causes. Dr. Lagos’ approach to cognitive behavioral therapy enables clients to let go of the cognitive experience of negative emotions, and shift their focus to physiological sensations. CBT enables individuals to recognize patterns of negative thinking and empowers them to shift their perspectives so they can respond to stressful or challenging situations more effectively.
By addressing the source of negative or irrational beliefs, clients learn strategies to overcome them and improve the quality of their lives.
CBT for Stress Management—and Much More
A widely practiced form of talk therapy that may be combined with other treatment methods, CBT can be useful for those with anxiety, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), depression, sleep disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other conditions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has also been proven to be effective in producing changes in individuals looking for natural ways to manage stress, optimize their performance, or cope with situational stressors, such as facing an illness, mourning the death of a loved one, or getting through a difficult relationship.
Dr. Lagos’ Unique Approach to Cognitive and Behavioral Change
In a calm and collaborative setting, clinical and performance psychologist Dr. Lagos practices a mindfulness-based form of CBT that leads to improved health and optimized performance outcomes in her clients.
- The process begins with an assessment of each client’s unique situation and an understanding of specific goals.
- Dr. Lagos then develops customized protocols to address the needs of each individual, so they may achieve lasting results. This may be a combination of talk therapy, HRV biofeedback, homework, or other interventions, depending on the needs of the client.
- The work focuses on the connection between one’s negative thoughts and feelings and one’s behaviors; and how one’s behaviors, in turn, reinforce their thoughts and feelings.
- Clients learn to identify negative thoughts and feelings, shift their emotions, free themselves of detrimental behaviors and habits, and strengthen their ability to make positive changes in their lives.
Feelings of being stuck or afraid, or needing to be perfect are common, but, through CBT treatment, Dr. Lagos teaches clients how to develop the skill of challenging negative thought patterns, and how to modify their behaviors and reactions when facing stressful circumstances in order to live more satisfying lives.
Benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Clients who learn CBT techniques may realize several positive results, including:
- Greater focus and organization
- Ability to screen out negative thoughts
- Increased cognitive flexibility
- Proficiency in turning off the busy brain
- Improved self-esteem
- Reduction of anxiety
- Lower levels of stress
- Enhanced confidence
- Improved relationships