©2019 by Vickie Bhatia, Ph.D.

individual therapy

Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, or a history of trauma?

Do you cope with negative emotions in a problematic way?

Do you have difficulty prioritizing and taking care of yourself? Do you feel like you don’t deserve to be happy or to take care of yourself?

Do you have goals for yourself that seem unattainable or do you get in your own way?

Do you want to grow and change as an individual but don’t know how?

 

All of the above are things that we can work on together in individual therapy. My approach to treatment is individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based (meaning, scientific research has shown it to be effective).

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Depression

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Sleep Difficulties and Insomnia

  • Difficulty Coping with Emotions

    • Emotional numbing or avoidance

    • Emotional and/or binge eating

    • Social withdraw or isolation

  • Stress Management and Self-Care

  • Self-esteem/self-worth

  • Perfectionism

  • Life Transitions

    • Transition to adulthood

    • Adjustment to parenthood

    • Organization and management of responsibilities

    • Finding purpose and value

  • Relationship Difficulties (with family, friends, and/or intimate partners)

    • Interpersonal conflict

    • Divorce or interpersonal loss

    • Setting and maintaining boundaries

I primarily identify as a cognitive-behavioral (CBT) therapist and have extensive training and experience in using CBT to treat depression, anxiety, and trauma. However, I am committed to integrating a broad range of evidence-based practices, including those drawn from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, process-experiential therapy, and interpersonal therapy. I utilize research to guide assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment. At the same time, it is important to me that treatment is flexible and allows us to collaboratively tailor treatment to you, taking into account your individual experiences and context.

 

Prior to starting treatment, I conduct 1-2 assessment sessions to thoroughly assess your current context, goals for therapy, and past experiences that may be contributing to your current concerns. You’ll complete a set of baseline measures that are validated in research science, and we will use these measures throughout therapy to assess progress. We will discuss the strengths you have entering therapy as well as current struggles and areas where skills can be strengthened. This information will help us set goals and develop a treatment plan together. Furthermore, I believe it is essential that both of us feel comfortable and emotionally safe with one another; the assessment session(s) allow us to get to know each other and determine if we’re a good fit to work together. If we determine that you would be best served seeing another mental health provider (perhaps with a different specialty), we will discuss that at the end of the assessment, and I will help facilitate referrals if necessary.

 

If you choose to continue to treatment, we will initially meet for regularly scheduled sessions once a week (or every other week), which research has demonstrated is most effective for significant change. Over the course of therapy, and as progress towards your goals is made, we can space sessions out further. Treatment is usually time-limited; the typical course of therapy is 10-24 sessions, although this can vary based on your goals and level of distress. Treatment is personalized and based on our assessment sessions and conceptualization of what is going on for you. Treatment is also active and solution-focused, meaning we will work on developing a greater awareness of how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect one another, build skills to handle difficult emotions and make behavior change, and practice these skills in a variety of situations so you may be able to support yourself moving forward. Research has shown that CBT is effective for a wide variety of disorders.