Jill Holm-Denoma, Ph.D.   
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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I provide therapy to a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. I strongly value working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

I do therapy with people who are struggling with a variety of problems, including:

  • anxiety and worry (general stress, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, phobias)
  • depression
  • academic problems
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • insomnia
  • eating disorders and body image disturbance
  • interpersonal problems
  • job/career stress

I provide evidence-based treatments to my patients, which means that I use treatments that have scientific evidence of their effectiveness for a particular problem. The type of treatment I offer to you will depend upon the results of the initial intake/assessment, because different treatments work best for different problems. 

The majority of the treatments I offer fall under the general umbrella of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or "CBT" for short. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to determine the goals for therapy, set the agenda for each session, and decide on homework/practice for between sessions. CBT is a treatment approach that combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy: cognitive therapy and behavior therapy. Behavior therapy helps you learn to weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them.  It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions. Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns give you a distorted picture of what's going on in your life, make you feel anxious, depressed, or angry for no good reason, and/or provoke you into ill-chosen actions. It also teaches you how to focus on more helpful thoughts. CBT provides you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.

Here is a list of links at which you can read about some of the treatments I use most regularly:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm

Behavioral Activation
http://www.christophermartell.com/

Exposure
http://www.minddisorders.com/Del-Fi/Exposure-treatment.html

Dialectical Behavior Therapy
http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/


I also frequently use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or "ACT" for short, with clients. In ACT, clients begin by focusing on what they care most about in life. Said differently, what are their values (e.g., having meaningful interpersonal relationships; having a fulfilling career; etc.). We then explore what behaviors they engage in that are in line with their values, versus what obstacles prevent them from easily engaging in value-based actions. We collaboratively work to develop a plan in which the client undertakes more actions in line with their values, and learns to accept the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that may arise when doing so. Mindfulness practice is a key component of ACT. Here is a link that tells a bit more about ACT, and the disorder for which it has empirical support:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
http://www.contextualpsychology.org/act_for_the_public