Recent scientific advances have demonstrated that anxiety, traumatic stress, and depression are all associated with prominent changes in the functioning of the brain. As a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist, I work with psychotherapy to affect changes in brain function. However, many of my clients also explore medications or other biologically-focused treatment options with a qualified psychiatrist or medical doctor.
There are many types of treatments, but one of the most highly effective is based on cognitive-behavioral theory, which states that the interplay of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors determine an individual's mood, state of mind, beliefs, and chosen actions. I use several different varieties of cognitive-behavioral therapies (or CBT, for short) to help individuals overcome difficulties with anxiety, traumatic stress, and depression. These therapies are all evidence-based and individually-tailored to match your own unique life history, experiences, culture, and beliefs.
Social factors include a number of individual characteristics, including socioeconomic status, cultural beliefs, and an individual's social environment or social support network. All of these factors can play an immense role in maintaining or improving one's overall mental health.