Dr. Lender provides cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with sessions that range in length from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Sessions occur in Dr. Lender's office, on a HIPPA compliant virtual therapy platform, and at various locations that provide experiences with applying CBT to actual situations in the world in real-time. CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and maladaptive behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of coping strategies that target solving current problems. CBT is problem-focused and action-oriented.
CBT was developed in the 1980s to treat depression and is a merging of the cognitive and behavioral approaches to therapy pioneered in the early 20th century. CBT has been applied to a large variety of psychological diagnoses including anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, eating disorders, major depressive disorder, pain management, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias, Bipolar Disorder, and substance abuse. There is evidence-based research that supports the efficacy of CBT for the treatment of a large number of diagnoses with and without psychiatric medication.
Dr. Lender provides therapy via HIPPA compliant software that allows clients to engage in therapy outside of the therapy office. This can facilitate therapy for clients who are unable to leave their home, are traveling or are living in other parts of the state of California. This option can make it easier to commit to therapy given daily demands. Virtual therapy is a relatively new form of therapy which has been shown to be effective for many presenting concerns.
Dr. Lender consults with organizations and groups around policies related to technology balance and social-emotional programming to enhance development. She has been involved in designing school policy and presenting programming for parents and teachers around child development, balancing the digital world and the real world, and a variety of other topics.