Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that sometimes the way we think about situations is what makes them seem problematic.  When we change the way we think, situations also change.  
  • Employs the concepts, strategies and techniques developed by Aaron  Beck, MD. 
  • Identifies  thoughts that produce negative or painful feelings that result in maladaptive reactions through the examination of automatic thoughts, assumptions and core beliefs associated with trigger events. 
  • Is Solution-Oriented Problem-Solving Approach to therapy and a catalyst for change 
  • Focuses on resolving the issues which prompted you to seek therapy.
  • Defines the problem and creates a pathway of healing
The course of treatment is typically brief, and people usually experience relatively rapid relief and enduring progress

Depending upon your situation, the Cognitive-Behavioral Approach may be combined with other treatment techniques listed below as well as the following,to enhance the outcome:
  • Exploration of influencing dynamics through family or couples therapy
  • Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy (an approach developed by Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D for helping identify and free the individual from long-standing patterns developed early in life

Emotionally-Focused Therapy:  Our emotions are located in one of the primary energies: Anger, Fear, Sadness, Peace and Joy.  Through the process of Emotionally-Focused Therapy, you can: learn the value of appropriate emotional expression, witness the mechanics of your own stylized perceptions, and experience the fluidity, impermanence and important information that the direct experience of these emotions provides.   Only through direct experience can we begin to perceive our world differently. Philosophical speculations and intellectual conjectures that are not experienced cannot be integrated into our fundamental perception of the world – they will remain abstractions.

In counseling couples it is a valuable method for increasing the capacity for intimacy and friendship.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the spin we put on the circumstances we find ourselves in. We may even find ourselves reacting in ways that betray our own values. Mindfulness practice is a simple process of discovery; it is not judging something as good or bad. The knowing aspect of mindfulness is deliberate and conscious. When you know something this way, not only do you know it, but also a presence of mind grows in which you clearly know that you know. It is like being calm in the middle of a storm. You learn how to be present without overreacting.  You learn how to maintain the context of difficulties in a way that allows room to choose an appropriate response.  Being mindfully aware is a change in itself that makes all other changes possible.
Couples Therapy Model
A Happy, Satisfying Marriage is not just a dream, it is a treasure worth fighting for. This approach involves teaching couples communication and problem-solving skills found to be linked to effective marital functioning. The goal of this approach is to limit risk factors and raise protective factors within the marriage.  

Depth-Oriented Brief Therapy is a system for prompting the mind's native capacities for swift, deep change. It is a comprehensive, nonpathologizing methodology and conceptual framework in which we realize that our choices are based on needs that have not been addressed.  Regardless of the suffering any particular problem produces, it may be fulfilling a need.  It’s in recognizing the nature of this relationship between need and symptom, that change is possible.  The symptom is the cure.

Prepare-Enrich includes an Assessment Tool that:
Identifies  Relationship Strengths and Growth Areas
Directs the counseling process 
Helps insure you that you are off to a good start.

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Counseling Covenant, LLC
15152 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
            Scottsdale, Arizona
7598 S. Liberty School Road
                 Buckeye, Arizona

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