My Approach to Helping
There are some challenges in life that we need help with. Recognizing and acting on this fact requires wisdom, courage, and strength. My name is Dr. Brandon Sylvester and I specialize in helping adults and teenagers resolve emotional and behavioral issues.
I firmly believe that people who know better, do better. This conviction motivates me to help people in therapy develop awareness of unhealthy patterns. I will work closely with you to develop and implement a unique treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
During treatment, I use empirically-supported therapeutic techniques that are grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy. I am experienced in working with individuals from different backgrounds, and treating a wide range of issues associated with trauma, behavior, mood, and anxiety.
In addition to traditional psychotherapy, I also provide expert assessment services that include a thorough interview, followed by psychological testing. This procedure is used to provide extensive details about your behavioral patterns, direct the focus of treatment, and offer answers to specific questions you may have.
More Info About My Practice
As a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas, my background includes working with a vast array of populations in a number of different settings. My education and training focuses on clinical acumen (Psy.D.), and I have focused my development thus far on the perfecting my ability to thoroughly understand the inner world of my clients and to utilize that understanding in order to assist clients in achieving their goals. It is my belief that intervention (of any sort) is best guided by a robust and informed conceptualization. My background has afforded me experience with neuropsychological, projective, objective, and intellectual testing, as well as testing for forensic purposes. I believe in detailed and accurate clinical assessments and deeply engaged therapy sessions. My experience includes working with clients that span the gamut of socioeconomic, age, cultural, and disability status. My therapy experience also includes working with clients who have both short-term (2-4 weeks) and long-term (12-24 weeks or longer) goals.
In regards to my theoretical orientation, I subscribe to the Cognitive-Behavioral approach predominantly; as I believe in the interconnectivity among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. However, I regularly employ tenets of Dialectical Behavior therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy, as I believe in building psychological flexibility as a means of achieving goals.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My training emphasizes interventions that have been proven to be effective. While I tailor my approach to individual needs, I also focus on principles that are rooted in research and effectiveness. As my approach emphasizes principles of Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance and Commitment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, I work effectively with clients presenting with anxiety, depression, bereavement, mania, emptiness or difficulty finding a path, relationship difficulties, and attentional deficits.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as a therapist is to come to understand you, your goals, and your world from your perspective. Upon learning about you, your experiences, and your life I can combine that information with my training, my experience, and my perspective to help you build upon your insight and ultimately achieve your goals.