Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Bend, Oregon
My name is Sean Downes and I’m a Licensed Psychotherapist in downtown Bend, Oregon offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to patients who are looking to eradicate self-defeating thoughts and beliefs and find healthier, more adaptive alternatives to live a more successful life.
I am an integrative therapist with a specific focus on EMDR designed to meet you where you are. The combination of EMDR and CBT Therapy can generate healthier relationships, create positive life goals and new beginnings. My clients often experience a brand new outlook on life, an increase in self-confidence, self-awareness, happiness and joy.
I am also a Certified Yoga Teacher which enables me to offer a unique and integrative approach that combines talk therapy and mind-body awareness, helping each individual balance their own core energy with their unique brain chemistry.
Self-pay or out of pocket rates are $175 per 53 minute session.
I currently accept PacificSource Commercial, First Choice, MODA, PacificSource Community Solutions, OHP and Medicare. I also do provide Out of Network Billing for other insurance companies. If you are using your insurance benefits, please take the time to understand the nuances of your insurance plan (copays, deductibles, HSA, etc.) on the front end of your psychotherapy treatment.
What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented form of talk therapy that is more structured and shorter in duration than many other therapies. CBT focuses on a problem you are currently facing and how your thoughts about the problem effect your behavior and emotions. Together we develop strategies for coping with self-defeating thoughts and beliefs and find healthier, more adaptive alternatives.
Cognitive behavioral therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT Therapy leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.
How does CBT work?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapists. Through exercises in the session as well as take home exercises, patients are helped to develop coping skills, whereby they can learn to change their own thinking, problematic emotions and behavior.
CBT therapists emphasize what is going on in the person’s current life, rather than what has led up to their difficulties. Information about the patient’s history is needed, but the focus is primarily on moving forward in time to develop more effective ways of coping with life.
While CBT is tailored to each client’s unique needs, the steps taken are similar for everyone:
- Decide on the problem to be addressed, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, phobias or an eating disorder.
- Identify thoughts, feelings and beliefs related to the problem. These may be uncovered through reflection, discussion with the therapist or keeping a journal.
- Determine which of these thoughts and beliefs are distorted, inaccurate or unrealistic.
- Learn to recognize these misperceptions and counter them with thoughts and beliefs based on facts.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may include homework to be completed while therapy is ongoing. The skills learned are then incorporated into your daily practice, allowing you to continue working to improve your quality of life.