My Approach to Helping
Daniel Linehan has 19 years of clinical experience and is a fully certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) who’s effectively counseled numerous individuals, couples, and families. He is certified in CBT, REBT, and TEAM-CBT. He also practices Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), EMDR, and Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). One of his specialties is with co-dependents struggling to get out of unhealthy relationships and learning how to prevent falling into the same patterns in a new relationship.
Daniel is known for his direct, engaging, and interactive style and warm approach. He can sense his clients' thoughts and feelings and shows compassion and acceptance when listening and interacting.
The goal for the client is always moving towards living the kind of life they want to live. What that looks like is different for everyone because we all have our own set of values, but the stronger our values, the harder it can be to accept ourselves and others in the world. Daniel helps clients find that balance for themselves! He challenges his clients, engages them, and gets positive results. Daniel teaches clients how to be their own therapist to help them cope on their own and lead self-fulfilling lives.
Dan's clients see him as compassionate, funny, and, most importantly, he is not the type of therapist who sits back and nods their head the entire session. Daniel challenges clients and gets results without judgment.
More Info About My Practice
Cognitive Change has been providing excellent service to each individual, couple, and family for over 12 years through the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for all ages. Our clients include all cultural, racial, gender, and economic backgrounds. All our therapists are either certified in CBT, TEAM-CBT, or DBT and are supervised by a certified CBT therapist. We work with co-dependency, anger, OCD, phobias, panic disorders, PTSD & trauma. Our goal with all clients is to learn how to move toward the life the client wants to live while accepting themselves and the world around them.
We have a wide range of certifications, such as CBT, TEAM-CBT (https:feelinggood.comteam-vs-cbt), Exposure, and Domestic violence. We all use CBT, which is effective in depression, eating disorders, anger mgt, relationship issues, and anxiety disorders such as OCD, PTSD, panic, and phobias.
What clients want the most is to feel validated. This is important and required, but it's just not enough to make true, lasting change. People need tools! My clients see me as compassionate, funny, and, most importantly, I am not the type of therapist who sits back and nods their head the entire session. I challenge clients and get results without judgment.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) using
1. iCBT (inference-based CBT)
2. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Learning to live a rich and meaningful life!
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
When I see the light bulb go off! It's the moment I know the client has bought into the philosophy I am teaching them, but of course, there is the bittersweet part of knowing they will be coming less and eventually not at all. But overall, it's much better to see them change in such a positive way; that's what it's all about. I care about my clients and their progress
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
If they are truly willing to give up the beliefs that have brought them to where they are. This might seem obvious, but I believe the very things that upset, are tied to what is great about us.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I do a free consultation for those unsure about therapy, via phone or in the office. What's the worst that can happen? This is important because finding the right therapist is like buying a house.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
The therapist has to be a good fit in terms of the personality of the client. It truly is a mutual endeavor. I tend to fit well with those looking for accountability and someone who is active-directive, which is the opposite of simply nodding your head. I tell it like it is and most clients respond to that well.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Absolutely! My favorite supervisor used to say, "we're all in this field for a reason." It is very accurate, and unfortunately, I hear about many therapists presenting to clients as if they are above them for some reason. I am far from one of those, and I constantly remind my clients that we all are "crazy" in some way and do foolish things and engage in self-defeating behavior. A considerable part of my practice is accepting that concept, which often carries a stigma of shame.