Dr. Richardson offers a range of effective, research-proven therapies for depression, anxiety and OCD. The standard
treatment of depression and anxiety for many years has been Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is based
on the idea that depressed people have characteristic thought patterns, called "cognitive distortions" or "irrational beliefs"
that serve to intensify depression and anxiety. For mild and moderate depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has repeatedly
been shown to relieve symptoms as well as medication, and that CBT can help to prevent relapse. Dr.
Richardson is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist by the National Board of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists.
Below you will find forms to aid in the Cognitive Behavioral treatment of anxiety, OCD, and anger management, as well as a
brief survey to rate the severity of depressive symptoms.
A new effective brief psychodynamic treatment has been developed, called Interpersonal Therapy of Depression.
IPT is based on the idea that depression can be caused by the experience of grief and loss, interpersonal conflicts,
problems with role transitions through life, and social skill problems. By aiding a patient with their grief, helping
resolve interpersonal conflicts, helping patients negotiate role transitions, and helping build new social skills, Dr. Richardson
can help a patient recover from bout of depression. If a patient's depression is severe and accompanied by suicidal
ideation, medication management is often required.
When depression is chronic and unrelenting, then a new system of psychotherapy has been found to be effective, called
Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP). This therapy is based on the notion
that people who are chronically depressed have repeated experiences of never getting their needs met in their interpersonal
interactions. By analyzing typical unsatisfying interactions and identifying what the patient can do to get more of
what they want out of their relationships, they can begin to feel better about themselves, be more optimistic and confident,
and recover from their depression.
Anxiety Reduction - Exposure
Daily Record of Dysfunctional Thoughts