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Dr. Terrance W Dushenko, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1045 Atlantic Avenue; Suite 806
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Terrance Dushenko specializes in psychology and practices in Long Beach, CA and Torrance, CA. Dr. Dushenko's areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Crisis Intervention, Behavioral Medicine, Depression, Education Consultation, Phobias, Sports ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer Anne Boisvert, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
235 E. Broadway; Suite 1040
Long Beach, CA

Dr. Jennifer Boisvert works as a psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA and Long Beach, CA. Her areas of expertise include depression, phobias, and immigration issues. She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Boisvert's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, Feminist Therapy, Eating ... (Read more)

Dr. James Wilton Sturges, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
4201 Long Beach Boulevard; 230
Long Beach, CA

Dr. James Sturges practices psychology in Arcadia, CA and Long Beach, CA. His clinical interests include acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Magellan Health Services, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Sturges accepts.

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Relevant Interests: , mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

All Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Anxiety, ... (Read more)

Kathleen Villagomez
Specializes in Social Work
2301 E. 28th Street; Suite 309, Office 1
Signal Hill, CA

Ms. Kathleen Villagomez practices social work in Long Beach, CA and Signal Hill, CA. Clinical interests for Ms. Villagomez include anger management, coaching, and holistic therapy. She is an in-network provider for Health Net and L.A. Care Health Plan insurance.

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Relevant Interests: , cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy

All Interests: Guided Imagery, Consultation, Anger Management, Coaching, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, ... (Read more)

Debra Lee Brittain
Specializes in Social Work
350 Redondo Avenue; Suite 200
Long Beach, CA

Ms. Debra Brittain's area of specialization is social work. Areas of expertise for Ms. Brittain include neuropsychological testing, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Ms. Brittain is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Molina Healthcare, as well as other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Gestalt Therapy, Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, ... (Read more)

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What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy or treatment for mental illness. It comes in a variety of methods, but the basic concept behind all CBT is the same -- our thoughts cause our feelings, which cause our actions. If we wish to change problematic behaviors or emotions in our lives, we need to start by changing our thoughts. CBT examines ideas and looks for patterns that may be causing harmful actions. The therapist helps patients modify those thought patterns and, in doing so, helps them feel better and cope more effectively.

CBT is one of the most widely studied forms of psychotherapy, and it has been shown to be extremely effective for a variety of mental illnesses. Some of the issues that respond well to CBT include mood disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, sleep disorders, and psychotic disorders. In some cases, CBT has been shown to be as effective or even more effective than medication. One of the interesting things that the scientific study of CBT has shown is that CBT actually changes the way the brain works, physically improving its function.

CBT differs from traditional psychotherapy is a few key ways. One of the most important distinctions is the emphasis on the power and responsibility of the patient in CBT. The patient will be encouraged to be the one asking the questions in CBT therapy, and most patients are assigned homework to complete outside of therapy sessions. There is a concept in CBT that we all have the power to change how we feel, even if we cannot control the situation, and this can be very empowering for patients. Because of this power shift, the therapist-client relationship is not as critical to success in CBT as it is in other modes of therapy. Patients should still get along well with their therapists, but they do not need a deep, dependant emotional connection to them. Finally, because CBT often treats a specific issue or problem, it is usually shorter in duration than traditional therapy. While some therapies may continue for years, CBT lasts on average just 16 sessions.
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