OUR TREATMENT METHODS
Therapy is a multi-disciplinary affair; there is no universal strategy for treatment. At The Center for CBT, we address every case individually, using various evidence-based therapeutic models to provide the most effective care. We practice active psychotherapy, educating ourselves and others in the latest methods.
CBT is a structured, practical form of psychotherapy, originally developed to treat depression but adapted for a broad range of conditions, particularly anxiety-related disorders. The approach is focused and goal-oriented, hinging on the principle that our thoughts affect every area of life. The tenet of CBT is that changing our most basic ways of thinking – our underlying beliefs and assumptions – has a profound effect on our actions.
Due to CBT’s problem-focused nature, we employ feedback and precise measures to track progress. It’s more than simple talk therapy; cognitive-behavioral therapy is an organized approach designed to treat the source of problematic emotional, behavioral and physiological symptoms
DBT is a subset of CBT that combines traditional cognitive-behavioral methods with concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. Its basis is in dialogue (hence the term “dialectical”); the goal is to find the balance between change and acceptance of oneself.
The emotionally- and behaviorally-based approach is used to treat a range of conditions, including borderline personality disorder, mood disorders, and substance abuse, and consists of specific skill training sessions in individual and group capacities.
Also known briefly as Schema Therapy, this module is an integrative treatment that combines several aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies in one method. A schema is defined as an organized pattern of thought and behavior, or a core belief, that affects vital areas of functioning.
Put simply, a person may be affected by a preconceived belief that is fundamentally rooted, even if he or she recognizes its negativity. Schema Therapy draws on imagery and emotions to address the origin of maladaptive behavior.
MEET OUR CLINICIANS
Matis Miller, LCSW, ACT, DBT-LBC
Founder/Director | Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
As the founder, director, and supervisor of The Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy of New Jersey, Matis Miller is a licensed clinical social worker and certified cognitive behavioral therapist with 15 years of experience. His impressive educational and training background includes certification in CBT from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Matis has also been awarded the newly developed certification from the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
His expertise in CBT and intensive training in DBT and Schema Therapy compelled him to found the Center and select the finest therapists to complete his team. Matis specializes in severe emotional and personality disorders, insomnia, and anxiety in teens and adults. He is a seasoned lecturer on CBT- and DBT-related topics, addressing parents, clients, and professionals, and is presently focused primarily on supervision, education, and consultations.
Bashi Levine, LPC, ACT
Licensed Professional Counselor
A graduate of Grand Canyon University and certified in CBT from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Bashi Levine uses evidence-based CBT and DBT practices in the treatment of social, behavioral, and emotional problems in children, teens, and adults. Bashi develops comprehensive treatment plans for each client to address various mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. Bashi specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders that include OCD, phobias, and panic disorder. Additionally, Bashi facilitates DBT skills training groups for women and adolescents, parenting groups for mothers of anxious children, and a CBT -skills based dieting and insomnia groups.
Menachem Friedman, LSW
Licensed Social Worker
Menachem Friedman has over 15 years’ experience working with young adults in the capacity of teacher and school guidance counselor. He is a graduate of Long Island University and has received extensive CBT training at the Beck Institute. Menachem co-facilitates a weekly DBT skills training group and has particular interests in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and OCD.