Elena Marie Ramirez, PhD
Licensed Psychologist – Doctorate
Dr. Ramirez provides high quality empirically supported treatments for clients who struggle with a variety of psychological problems. The goal is to improve the quality of life of clients through the delivery of ethical and effective psychological interventions. She provides a supportive therapeutic environment in which people can learn to make changes in their lives that will allow them to become happier, more successful, and more fulfilled.
What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is devoted to promoting mental health improvement by using methods that have been shown to work. The latest in scientific advances are used
to design personalized treatments. In CBT the therapist and client work together
to determine the goals for therapy, the agenda for each session, home practice
between sessions, the usefulness of each intervention, and how long to continue
Cognitive behavior therapy is a treatment approach that combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy — cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.
Behavior therapy helps you weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them. Reactions include but are not limited to fear, depression or rage, and self-defeating or self-damaging behavior. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions.
Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns are causing your symptoms — by giving you a distorted picture of what's going on in your life, and making you feel anxious, depressed or angry for no good reason, or provoking you into ill-chosen actions.
When combined, behavior therapy and cognitive therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.