Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Let’s get you help right now, and make changes that improve your life now and in the future. And we’ll do this in ways that make sense to you — without confusing jargon or unclear goals. My approach focuses on making positive changes in the present, rather than focusing our attention primarily on the past. Sometimes we might take a look at earlier times in your life in order to identify patterns — but always with the goal of current and lasting change. And we’ll make sure that you always understand what we’re working on and how we’re working on it.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is based on taking a look at how we tend to think and behave, and how these thought and behavior patterns affect our lives, with the aim of creating positive change in feelings and in relationships. It’s proven effective in treating anxiety and depression, and in changing long-term patterns that might not be helping you.

Solution-focused therapy focuses what you want to achieve — the solution or the goal — rather than on the nature of the problem. We look at strengths and assets that you’re already bringing to the table, but that you might be overlooking. From there, we develop new strategies that take a different approach than what might not have worked so well in the past. Let’s keep our eye on the ball and figure out what helps you get there.

CBT has proven effective for a variety of problems, including mood and anxiety disorders and substance abuse. It is particularly effective in helping people with depression develop positive thoughts and feelings about themselves, the world, and the future. It’s also action-oriented; we hit the ground running by finding and implementing changes in what you actually do from day-to-day, so that you can feel better faster.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy has achieved positive results for many clients, and I now provide classes in CBT for training therapists. Together, we can help you feel better now, without spending years doing therapy.

If you’re curious about how cognitive-behavioral therapy might help your particular situation and goals, email or call me at 415/820-1590 for a FREE consultation.

Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman, MFT LPCC
San Francisco, CA


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Email me or call 415/820-1590 for a free 20-minute consultation