Dr. Van Dam specializes in Depression, Anxiety, and Stress-related issues. Additionally, he also treats many other and more extreme psychological disorders. The type of therapy used is often determined by the nature of the issues that the patient is struggling to overcome. In order to offer his patients the most effective form of treatment, Dr. Van Dam uses three different therapeutic approaches (CBT, REBT, and DBT outlined below) and also trained in hypnosis, which can be useful in anxiety/stress reduction.
Hypnosis is the least practiced form of therapy used by Comprehensive Psychology Services but in certain instances, can be an effective tool when used in conjuction with other, more direct forms of therapy. Although hypnosis has been useful in patients with anxiety, it is used only upon request and is not as effective as CBT, REBT, or DBT.
Dialectal Behavior Therapy
Dialectal Behavior Therapy, or DBT, differs from traditional CBT in that its emphasis is on validation—a powerful tool whereby the therapist and the patient work on “accepting” uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors rather than continuing to struggle with them.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, or REBT, is an action-oriented type of psychotherapy that teaches individuals to identify, challenge, and replace their self-defeating thoughts and beliefs with healthier thoughts that promote emotional well-being and achievement of goals.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience. But when panic and anxiety symptoms escalate into anxiety and/or panic attacks, it may be an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and panic disorder. There is excellent treatment available for anxiety attacks, as well as panic attack symptoms. In many cases, psychotherapy can be an alternative to medication in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Click here to learn more about anxiety.
We all know what anger is, and we've all felt it: whether as a fleeting annoyance or as full-fledged rage. Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy human emotion, as long as it can be controlled. When someone is unable to control their anger, it becomes destructive and can lead to problems; problems at work, in your personal relationships, or in the overall quality of your life. To learn more about anger and how to control it, click here.
Addiction is defined as a dependence on an illegal drug, medication, (including prescription), or mind-altering substances. In some cases, the 'drug' one is addicted to can even be something that on the surface benefits them, like exercise or plastic surgery. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your 'drug' use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Addiction can cause an intense craving and although you may want to quit, most people find they can't do it on their own. To learn more about addictions and addiction therapy, please click here.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is the most effective and preferred form of therapy used by Dr. Gregory Van Dam. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps illustrate for the patient the habit of inaccurate or negative thinking, thereby enabling them to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be a very helpful tool in treating mental disorders and/or illnesses such as anxiety or depression, but it is not only those with a mental health condition who benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT can be an effective tool in helping anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations. As a result, this approach is often useful in facilitating an overall healthy mental state and lifestyle.
Stress is a normal part of life. A healthy level of stress can actually serve to motivate us to reach our goals. But when the stress of life is not handled well and becomes overwhelming, it can wreak havoc in our lives. Sometimes people seek unhealthy methods to deal with stress by trying to numb it with substances or by trying to simply ignore the issues causing stress. As you know by now, ignoring something does not often solve the issue, and can ultimately lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, or even physcial health issues by reducing our immune system. Some people may avoid asking for help, because they were raised to believe "handling it all" on one’s own is a must. But in fact, everyone needs some assistance in managing stress at times. This is where therapy can be beneficial, by learning various skills to learn to cope with stress and manage it effectively. This will ultimately lead to a happier and more productive life in all areas, including improving relationships, occupation satisfaction, and an increased sense of well-being. To learn about stress, its symptoms, and the options you have, click here.
Possessing little self-regard can lead people to become depressed, fall short of their potential, or to tolerate abusive situations and relationships. Too much self-love, on the other hand, results in an off-putting sense of entitlement and an inability to learn from failures. (It can also be a sign of clinical narcissism.) If you think you or a loved one might be battling with self-esteem on either spectrum, click here to learn more about how we can help.
Depression is a serious illness that causes changes in mood, thinking, physical well-being, and behavior. It can affect all aspects of your life including your job and personal relationships. While the exact causes for depression are still unclear, it is widely recognized that depression may involve several factors, such as biological differences, inherited traits, and stressful life events. To learn about depression, its symptoms, and the options you have, click here.