Dr. Mario's initial approach to therapy is to help his clients to understand the process of change. A large part of his success with clients comes from the motivational techniques he uses. His theoretical orientation is Cognitive-Behavioral which means that he teaches clients to recognize how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact. How clients feel and the choices they make are largely due to how they think and perceive their situation. It is no surprise that individuals who are depressed or anxious also have more depressed, anxious, or pessimistic thoughts, and are less likely to initiate action to make things better for themselves.
Stress is something we all experience in our lives and is not likely to go away easily. Coping with stress is always a major challenge because we all perceive and manage stress differently. Different things motivate people to change. When clients come for therapy, they are asked what they would like to change and what success or setbacks they have already encountered. Change can sometimes be difficult and anxiety producing especially when there is uncertainty. Dr. Mario helps clients to put things into perspective by understanding the pros and cons of change as well as to recognize potential barriers. When clients start to see the benefits, they feel empowered to keep moving forward.
Think about the changes in your life that you've already made, perhaps a new relationship, a new job, perhaps a new house, diet or workout routine. Often these changes are exciting and motivated by desire. When it comes to negative emotions or behaviors, it can be a little more challenging but the results can be rewarding especially when it brings relief and an end to the problem. Similarly, other people's actions may cause us stress. We may find ourselves becoming frustrated and angry but have to realize that we don't have control over their actions, only our own. What we can change is how we react to them. It often takes more then desire to make these changes stick and this is where therapy can help. Dr. Mario's goal is for his clients to become flexible thinkers in order to manage their moods and make choices that will benefit them.
Because therapy can be an emotional and financial commitment, Dr. Mario wants you to get the most out of your treatment. At the beginning of therapy, you will set realistic but challenging goals that can be reviewed and modifed throughout the treatment process as needed. This will help you to make sure that you are staying on track.
If you are comfortable with this approach and would like to arrange an appointment time, please feel free to contact Dr. Mario by email or phone.