Methodology

First of all, let me briefly explain the framework of my working method and give an overall definition of Psychology as the science that studies human mind and behavior. In this field, the figure of the psychologist is considered to be a scientist since we seek to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior and explore concepts such as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships

In this sense, psychological treatment or psychotherapy is the task performed by a psychologist to understand and change behaviors, feelings and ways of thinking that interfere with one’s daily life. Having said that, nowadays there are several trends and schools of psychotherapy whereby each of them explains different psychological problems and treat them according to their theoretical model. However, not all psychotherapies have the same degree of scientific validity and so one cannot currently ensure that they are all equally effective.

I follow a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach as I believe that not only is CBT treatment highly effective and also scientifically proven in the treatment of emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia and other mental disorders. CBT supports the hypothesis that the emotions we experience and how we behave is mostly determined by the way we think and perceive situations. If our perception of a situation is negative, this will lead to negative emotions and behaviors. In these lines, we can broadly state that emotional disorders arise from unrealistic or negative thoughts. By challenging our negative thinking process it is possible to reduce the emotional impact of stressful events in our lives. However, CBT does not consist of “positive” thinking but rather of realistic and logical thinking about situations experienced as distressing or disturbing.

CBT treatment is mostly based on the here and now, and aims to help achieving the desired changes in your life. Therefore, intervention focuses on the opportunity to learn new strategies to adapt and solve problems. The main goal of cognitive behavioral therapy is:

1. Relieve symptoms and resolve the present problems
2. Help acquiring new skills and coping strategies
3. Change the underlying cognitive assumptions in order to prevent a relapse

My task is therefore to help you change thoughts and behaviors that prevent you from having a healthy functioning in life. CBT emphasizes the collaborative relationship of therapist-client which means that all aspects of the therapy are made explicit to be able to work together using suitable strategies to solve problems and achieve therapeutic goals. This entails several interrelated tasks between sessions in order to practice and consolidate the strategies.

CBT has proven to be of great help to a large number of patients within a limited and relatively short time (depending on the disorder). In fact, if someone feels skeptical about this type of approach, he may as well consider that millions of people have obtained great benefits from it. I would simply recommend that you try it out within a limited period of time just to see if it is the right treatment for you. After all, there is nothing to lose and ... much to gain! All sessions take place at the Teknon Medical Center. Privacy and confidentiality are an essential part of my clinical practice. CBT is not a miraculous cure but a way to learn new ways of thinking and behaving that require practice. Throughout the therapy sessions you will be working towards specific goals, becoming progressively your own therapist.

Areas of intervention »

Psychology applied day to day

Therapies can be conducted in Catalan, Spanish or English.
Psychological assessment and intervention in adults using a cognitive-behavioral approach.

Areas of intervention:
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Panic
- Health Anxiety
- Social phobia/Social anxiety
- Phobias
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Stress Management
- Chronic pain and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Insomnia
- Positive Psychology (i.e. Self-esteem)

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