Dr. Jones believes in contemporary, cutting-edge treatment that is based on current scientific research and customized to reflect your goals, values, and personal needs. As a highly skilled clinician and researcher, Dr. Jones provides treatments that are shown to reduce psychological symptoms, increase motivation, enhance insight and growth, and create a mind/body connection. Using a combination of empirically-validated treatment methods improves coping skills with a greater understanding of the self.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a research-supported, modern treatment that identifies patterns of thinking and behavior that impact emotion. Maladaptive patterns are targeted in order to establish new habits in cognition, behavior, and emotional reactions. CBT is shown to be superior to antidepressant medication in preventing relapse to depressive symptoms. Research also indicates that patients who are treated with CBT along with medication have better outcomes than those who are only treated with medication. In addition to depression, CBT is highly effective for a range of other disorders including anxiety, addictions, personality disorders and eating disorders. Patients benefit from the problem-focused and the collaborative alliance in CBT in order to feel safe and supported while making important life changes. In between sessions, patients are encouraged to complete therapeutic tasks such as mood logs, automatic thought documentation, and experiments with new behaviors. Therapeutic tasks are closely aligned to therapeutic goals and range from simple to complex tasks based on the needs of the individual.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy. MET originated from Miller & Rollnick based on their work with problem drinkers. This form of therapy is highly effective for behavioral change to redirect patients to a more functional and positive life path. There are five key components to MET that influence change: (1) Empathy-the trust and unity in the doctor/patient relationship; (2) Discrepancy-the distance between the patient's current life and the desired life; (3) No Arguments-the therapist will only provide positive support and will not engage in arguments with the patient; (4) Resistance-recognized as a normal part of change; and (5) Self-Efficacy-patients set their own goals with the therapist's help and are consistently encouraged to achieve their goals with confidence. MET effectively addresses ambivalence about stopping bad habits, such as drinking, smoking, over-eating, negative thinking patterns, and codependent relationships. This approach aims to evoke internal motivation throughout the change and recovery process.
Coping Skills Training. Skills training identifies which life skills need to be enhanced and which life skills are under-utilized or absent. Specific skills training includes emotion regulation, mindfulness, assertiveness, stress and frustration tolerance, and interpersonal communication. The goal of skills training is to help patients cope with stress, balance their moods, improve their relationships, and feel more confident with problem-solving.