Our Approach

Dr. Michele Barton at Psychology Life Well provides therapeutic services for children, teens and adults. At the current moment, she provides individual, couples and family therapy for a wide range of mental and physical health conditions, including depression, anxiety, IBS and more.

 

What techniques are used in therapy?

After a free phone screening and the initial office consultation, Dr. Barton will create a specialized treatment plan that will incorporate a few different approaches based on your personal goals, timeline and background. This can be a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Biofeedback, Mindfulness and Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT). 

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is briefer and more time limited compared to traditional talk therapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is considered among the most rapid in terms of results obtained.  The average number of sessions clients receive is only 16.  Other forms of therapy, like psychoanalysis, can take years. What enables CBT to be briefer is its highly instructive nature and the fact that it makes use of homework assignments. CBT is a highly evidence based approach for most major mental conditions and symptoms, including depression, anxiety, OCD, IBS, and more.

What is Biofeedback Training?

Biofeedback therapy is a non-drug treatment in which patients learn to control bodily processes that are normally involuntary, such as muscle tension, blood pressure, or heart rate. At Psychology Life Well, Dr. Barton utilizes a specific biofeedback technique called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback. With this type of training, a patient will come into the office and learn relaxation techniques while their heart rate, galvanic skin response and breathing pattern are all being monitored. Through working with your psychologist, you learn to be able to control your symptoms without medication – just by the power of breathing. When you combine standard CBT with biofeedback training, your treatment becomes even more effective and permanent.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program that helps you learn to calm your mind and body to help you cope with illness, pain, and stress. MBSR teaches “mindfulness,” which is a focus only on things happening in the present moment. When you are mindful, you do just one thing and you pay close attention to that one thing. Research has shown mindfulness and meditation-based programs to hold promise for treating a number of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What is Virtual Reality Therapy?

Virtual reality therapy (VRT) is the use of virtual reality technology for psychological or occupational therapy. With VRT, the psychologist can help you navigate stressful or anxiety provoking situations from the safety of an office. Dr. Barton has special expertise in combining VRT with CBT and other approaches in order to address conditions including: specific phobias (fear of flying, cats, dogs, subways), public speaking anxiety, chronic pain reduction, emotion dysregulation and more.

Looking to take the next steps? Contact Dr. Barton today or call (914) 468-0816 to schedule your free 15 minute phone consultation.