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What to Expect in Therapy

Becky M Cox Counseling
Becky M Cox, MA, MAFP, LMHC          

I have found many different methods and techniques quite helpful to use in therapy over the course of my 20 plus year career. The first is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT involves evaluating your thoughts and thought patterns and how they effect your choices and behaviors in your current life. Quite often these cognitive distortions keep you stuck in life and prevent you from achieving your goals and happiness. Secondly, I may employ a relational psychodynamic approach in which people are seen as “always in‐relation with others”. In this case the focus of therapy is on establishing a healing relationship with the patient, in addition to focusing on facilitating insight. The hope in the relational psychodynamic approach is to help you break out of the repetitive patterns of relating to others that are not working for you and to help you create healthy and meaningful relationships. Lastly, I am trained in the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) technique. This technique facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.