This Blog supports our commitment to do all within our capacity to facilitate the alleviation of mental complications that interfere with a person’s entitlement to a life of productivity, prosperity, and general well-being. These complications include Social Anxiety Disorder, depression, or other anxiety disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress, or Obsessive-Compulsive, as well as issues of motivation and self-esteem. It should be evident there is no such thing as a successful one-size-fits-all therapeutic response to these complications. Programs must be underscored by a collaboration of theoretical and conceptual constructs and scientific evidence. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has adequately addressed many of these issues for over 60 years but has always lacked scope and imagination. These mental disorders can’t be cured; persons remain stimulated by memories of experiences and lost opportunities. However, the problems associated with these malfunctions can be overcome. The best response to the manipulations of Social Anxiety Disorder is to outsmart it―a factor that must be recognized in any form of therapeutic support.
Cognitive behavioral therapy demonstrates how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are governed by irrational thoughts and actions. CBT has been proven to work for many different mental health problems including social anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other disorders. CBT is structured, short-term, goal-oriented, and focused on the here–and–now.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was developed to help people cope with unstable emotions and harmful behaviors. DBT is an evidence-based approach to help people regulate emotions. It started as a treatment for borderline personality disorder, and current research indicates it may help with many different mental illnesses or concerns, particularly self-harm.
The key differences between CBT and DBT are validation and relationships. DBT teaches you that your experiences are real, and it teaches you how to accept who you are, regardless of challenges or difficult experiences. CBT teaches you to take responsibility for your current condition and initiate immediate and proactive steps to remedy any malfunction.
Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring (CBR) is original to ReChanneling. It is the blueprint upon which our programs are based. CBT is the foundation, reinforced by aspects of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Its balancing beams are the integral components of mind, body, spirit, and emotions; the walls built up through Abidharmic mindfulness and Stanislavsky’s method of emotional recall and control. The hardware that secures the building is the science of plasticity. It may sound complex but, in the overall scheme of things, once you have the blueprint, each home is original, singular, and individually tailored to the occupant’s needs.
Finally, programs must be community tailored. This is no more evident than in my work with the LGBTQ community. An individual experiencing Social Anxiety already resists new ideas and challenges due to an irrational anathema to risk-taking. Compile this with common symptoms of inarticulation, overarching feelings of unworthiness and incompetence, and unreasonable fear of rejection. My primary work with SAD within the LGBTQ community has shown that these are tips of the iceberg when it comes to centuries of societal rejection, contemporary disdain, and misunderstanding, and the glaring issue of the identity of love. Even though I suffered through decades of self-denigration before 1994 when SAD was recognized and diagnosed in the DSM-V, and notwithstanding my own LGBTQ sexual identity, I found myself unequipped to deal with SAD in the LGBTQ Community, and spent months conceptualizing within these parameters. A divergent and deliberate cultural approach is mandatory for effectively addressing any community. Empathetic interaction requires an intuitive grasp on the other’s holistic being in order to cultivate a genuine connection Empathy is understanding through vicarious participation within the other. Moods, perceptions, desires, feelings, intents, ambitions―all are experienced by subtle interconnectivity. It’s an engagement of the highest level which demands extraordinary cultural sophistication. It can’t be realized in cultural ignorance, bias, misinterpretation, or unappreciation.