Dr. Harte specializes in evidence-based psychotherapy and behavior change techniques that focus on identifying your specific challenges, formulating your treatment goals, and then collaboratively working toward meeting these objectives. Common treatment types are detailed below:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported psychological treatment that focuses on modifying problematic thoughts and behaviors that contribute to and/or maintain emotional and behavioral problems like depression, anxiety, addiction, and other health conditions. Of the many therapies available for common mental health problems, CBT is identified as the “gold standard”—that is, the best type of therapy for these difficulties. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health concludes that among the available psychological treatments for anxiety and depression, CBT is recommended as the first-line psychological treatment.
CBT is an intensive, short-term (10 to 20 sessions), solution-focused approach. It was designed to be fast acting, practical and goal-oriented, with the ultimate goal of providing clients with long-term skills to keep them healthy. CBT entails learning to identify, challenge, and change the thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that keep you stuck, so that you can develop adaptive and effective ways to live your life in the most meaningful way possible.
Specific CBT treatments include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for overcoming the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) designed to overcome the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I), for managing the effects of chronic insomnia.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported psychological treatment that uses acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. ACT differs from traditional CBT in that rather than trying to teach clients to better control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, and memories, ACT teaches them to "just notice," accept, and embrace their private events, especially unwanted ones. ACT teaches clients to better accept and tolerate unwanted experiences in the service of living a valued, fulfilling, and meaningful existence.