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Psychotherapist in Beverly Hills

As a psychotherapist, Gillian utilizes mindfulness based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which focuses on present-moment awareness. This helps clients critically understand how their thoughts affect their behavior as well as helping them realize their own self-agency. This practice helps clients understand that they have direct conscious control over two things—changing their thoughts and moving their muscles, but feelings and sensations need to run their course. By accepting what things an individual has control over and the things they do not, it allows them to improve their functioning and way of being in the world.

CBT is a form of counseling based on cognition and the way an individual perceives a situation based on their past beliefs and experiences. By recognizing how closely connected these thoughts affect our reactions and behaviors, we can begin to understand that it is an individual’s perception that affects the situation rather than the reality of the situation itself.

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

One of the most important roles of a counselor who utilizing CBT is to help clients become more aware of their thoughts and to assist them in choosing more positive and realistic mentalities that are more reflective of what is actually occuring. This form of counseling has been proven to positively change behavior and responses that elevate mood and function. Most importantly, it is encouraged that clients don’t try change their symptoms, but rather to change the way they think about their symptoms.

Meditation practice can be extremely supportive in the healing process. Through mindful awareness (often called “mindfulness”) of the present moment, an individual can become more grounded and focused on “what is” rather than judgments, the past, future, or rumination. Learning to live in the present, practicing changing your thoughts, moving your muscles, and allowing feelings and sensations to run their course can be the start of making significant long-term lifestyle changes.

CBT Counseling is Available for Adults with the Following Issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Adjustment
  • Behavioral problems
  • Anger/Anger Management
  • Social anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Performance anxiety
  • Career issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Insomnia or Sleep disturbances
  • Motivation
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Life transitions