Dr. Gerstein strongly believes that treatment is most successful in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. She works collaboratively with each client to set and work towards personal goals. Therapy can be short term or long term; some clients come weekly for 3 to 4 months until symptoms decrease, while others remain in therapy for longer periods of time and set new goals.
Dr. Gerstein specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment based on scientific research and proven to be effective for a wide range of mood, anxiety, and relationship issues. The focus of CBT is noticing and then examining what you are thinking, feeling, and doing today, rather than focusing on the past. For more information on CBT, click here.
Dr. Gerstein also specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based approaches to treating depression and anxiety. Mindfulness involves paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment. This means noticing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors as they occur and with a balanced, objective perspective. Much research has shown that mindfulness techniques can be helpful with mood, anxiety, and relationship issues. For more information on mindfulness techniques, click here.
Dr. Gerstein also has extensive experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); she conducts individual DBT therapy with individuals who are currently enrolled in or have already completed DBT skills group. She also conducts individual and family skills training sessions, when appropriate.