Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence as the treatment of choice for a number of mental health difficultiesSpecifically, there is empirical evidence that CBT is effective for the treatment of mood/depression, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disordersCBT is direct, specific, time-limited, and uses tools such as workbooks, handouts, and questionnaires to assist an individual in identifying the connection between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.  By collaboratively working with a CBT therapist, a client identifies goals and learns to challenge maladaptive patterns and cognitive styles.  A CBT therapist teaches a client effective tools to achieve lasting positive changes that alleviate psychological distress. CBT is an empirically supported treatment approach for children, adolescents, and adults.

Anger Management

Anger is a natural and healthy response to threats that activate powerful survival instincts.  The ability to express anger appropriately and successfully is an important skill, as uncontrolled anger impacts personal health and the overall quality of relationships.  Anger management offers an individual the opportunity to learn relaxation techniques, identify maladaptive thoughts, employ effective problem solving approaches, and develop assertive communication strategies to appropriately express, suppress, redirect, and calm anger.

Couples Therapy

Many couples will experience conflict leading to recurrent power struggles, arguments, and chronic dissatisfaction.  It can be useful to identify maladaptive relationship patterns and explore relational conflicts with the assistance of an unbiased therapeutic observer who will not take sides or assign blame.  Couples therapy can assist with building, sustaining, and enhancing intimate relationships, developing cooperative dynamics and problem solving skills, and adjusting to major life changes and stressors.

Family Therapy

Each family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. Over time, families develop unique qualities, based on the beliefs, values, and personalities of parents, children, and extended family members.  This creates a powerful family dynamic that affects the functioning of all family members.  Family therapy assists families in developing an awareness of their unique interpersonal dynamics and how that influences family functioning.  Family therapy improves each family member’s ability to identify and resolve conflict, collaboratively problem solve, and create positive changes.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) has been proven to be an effective treatment for numerous mental health difficulties.  IPT is based on the premise that psychological distress occurs in the context of an individual’s relationships, where individual growth and social development have a reciprocal relationship.  An IPT therapist helps identify areas in need of skill-building to improve an individual’s relationships and decrease psychological distress. Over time, an individual learns the patterns and connection between emotional functioning and relationship functioning.  This awareness allows an individual to effectively communicate feelings and expectations for relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts.

Professional Licensure Mandated Treatment

Highly successful business professionals, lawyers, medical personnel, and entrepreneurs often experience difficulty managing their careers because of a psychiatric disorder, addiction, or difficulties coping with the demands of work-related stress. These difficulties can result in impaired concentration and memory, severe burnout, professional boundary violations, difficulties with career transitions and decisions, disciplinary action or loss of license to practice, and an impaired ability to skillfully and safely perform job tasks.  Dr. Ermshar & Associates provides specialized services for professionals in crisis, including those who have been mandated to receive psychotherapeutic intervention.


Dr. Ermshar & Associates
Pasadena - San Marino Location
2400 Mission Street
San Marino, CA 91108
Office Phone: (626) 421-7201
Dr. Ermshar Direct: (626) 405-0521
Fax: (626) 405-0523

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