Treatment approach


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Samantha primarily uses a type of evidenced based treatment called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT focuses on addressing the faulty thoughts (cognitions) and consequently the behaviors that result. CBT is the most well researched psychological approach. It involves teaching the skills and strategies needed in order for individuals to overcome the problems they are facing. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP): CBT with ERP is one of the best known treatments for those with OCD and other related anxiety disorders. "Exposure" refers to the thoughts, images, or situations that make someone anxious. "Response prevention" refers to making the choice not to engage in the compulsive or ritualized behavior or thoughts. It is important not to give in to the behavior in order to see that drop in anxiety.  This way, one can face their fears and not give in to what the "OCD" is telling them to do. This treatment is beneficial for all ages. 


Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT): For children and adolescents who have undergone significant trauma and are struggling with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Samantha uses the TF-CBT approach. The measurement used is the CPSS scale to assess for PTSD. TF-CBT uses the same cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, but adds in the trauma component. Individuals will learn more about their particular trauma, how those events can affect people, and how that individual can move past the negative thoughts and feelings they are holding on to from the traumatic event(s). TF-CBT is used with children and adolescents ages 3-18.


  *Treatment generally follows one of these approaches, but is tailored to the individual client based on their diagnosis and needs. 




Samantha Padawer, LCSW