Scheduling an Appointment at the Center for Psychotherapy

To schedule an appointment, contact our Intake Coordinator, Molly Finkel, at 610-664-3020, 8:30 – 5:00 Monday through Friday.  Evening appointments are available.

 

Why should I consider cognitive behavior therapy?

Over 1,000 research studies have demonstrated that it is effective for psychological problems, psychiatric disorders, and medical problems with psychological components.

 

Why should I consider the Beck Institute for treatment?

Aaron T. Beck, M.D., developed this form of treatment in the 1960s. Since then, he and Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., (and hundreds of colleagues), have researched, expanded, and adapted CBT. Therapists at the Beck Institute are expert in CBT and continually refine treatment based on the latest research from around the world.

 

What is cognitive behavior therapy like?

Cognitive behavior therapy is generally structured and time-limited. We develop highly supportive, compassionate, and collaborative relationships with clients and we make sure to tailor treatment to your specific difficulties and preferences. We focus on helping you feel better as quickly as possible by helping you solve current problems and learn techniques to change your unhelpful thinking, behavior, and emotional responses to current life situations. Most clients do not need to talk about childhood issues in order to overcome their difficulties. Some may, however, if they have been struggling with certain issues for a long time.

 

How long will treatment last?

Many clients with straight-forward problems need only a few sessions of treatment. Others, whose problems are quite complex, benefit from a longer period of treatment. Most clients are seen weekly at first; then as they are feeling better, they and their therapist jointly decide to gradually taper the frequency of sessions.

 

How will I know if I’m making progress?

You and your therapist will set goals for treatment at the first therapy session and will monitor your progress at each session (assessing your symptoms and your progress toward your goals). Your therapist will also ask you for feedback at the end of every session: what you thought of the session, whether you felt your therapist understood you, and whether you think the next session should be changed in any way. All along the way, we monitor how you’re doing and tailor the treatment plan as needed.

 

What happens in a typical session?

In the beginning of the session, your therapist will ask you about your mood and review any symptom checklists you’ve filled out. S/he will ask you which problem or problems are most important for you to discuss during the session. Then you’ll provide an update of your week and tell your therapist about the therapy skills you practiced at home. This part generally takes just a few minutes. In the middle of the session, you’ll describe the problems that are most important to you and do a combination of problem-solving and applying skills to change your thinking and behavior. You’ll discuss what you would like to do as a follow-up at home and you or your therapist will make sure you take home therapy notes to remind you of the most important things you learned. This combination of learning and practice is at the heart of CBT and allows you to develop skills you can use for the rest of your life. At the end of the session, the therapist will elicit your feedback.

 

Do you take insurance?

Although we do not submit claims to your insurance company, we will provide you with the appropriate forms if you choose to submit your claim.