Dr. Tory Tomassetti is a licensed psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for anxiety, trauma, insomnia, and couples distress. As a private practice psychologist, she is focused on providing highly individualized, evidence-based care to individuals, couples, and families in New York and Louisiana.
Using CBT to CHANGE YOUR BRAIN: From General Stress To Specific Phobias
While many people seek CBT for diffuse problems such as everyday stress or to improve their communication, others seek CBT for highly specific problems. Below is a list of evidence-based protocols offered by Dr. Tomassetti:
CBT-I is typically completed in 6 sessions. In treatment, clients make targeted changes in their thoughts and behaviors around sleep. The treatment has no side effects and the results are long-lasting.
PE is a brief treatment, typically 8-10 sessions, for individuals who have directly witnessed or personally experienced a traumatic incident. The goal of this treatment is to end significant interference from trauma-related symptoms. Treatment focuses on decreasing emotional and physical avoidance.
CPT is a brief treatment, typically 12 sessions, for individuals who have directly witnessed or personally experienced a traumatic incident. The goal of this treatment is to end significant interference from trauma-related symptoms. Treatment focuses on changing unhelpful ways of thinking.
EX/RP is conducted over a period of several weeks. The number and duration of sessions will vary depending on the client’s specific needs, but will include strategies for resisting compulsions and tolerating uncertainty.
Standard exposure therapy for specific phobias (such as fear of flying, elevators, vomiting, animals, needles/injections) is conducted over a period of weeks. Sessions focus on gradually increasing your ability to tolerate the object or situation.
Single session exposure therapy for specific phobias is the “boot camp” of exposure therapy. Following the initial intake appointment, clients typically schedule one, 4-8 hour block with the psychologist. By the end of this extended session, most people report that they are able to tolerate the previously feared object or situation. Clients are instructed in how to maintain their progress after treatment.
Other presenting problems for which CBT is an evidence-based treatment:
- Anger Management
- Chronic Pain
- Eating Disorders
- Habits/Compulsive Behaviors
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Test Anxiety/Performance Anxiety