Archive | Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

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The Vital Necessity of Coping Skills

Does this sound familiar? You, (or someone you know), are feeling anxious or depressed. It may have something to do with a job, with a relationship, even with social media. When well-meaning people try to cheer you up, telling you to look on the bright side, it has no discernible effect. Feeling down, being anxious […]

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Mindfulness Can Change Brain Patterns of Depression

Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, at Harvard Medical School shows that for some people with depression, the brain patterns that occur with mindfulness meditation continue during other activities. That’s a promising discovery in the continuing efforts to explore options or complementary treatments for depression, along with psychotherapy or medication. Harvard neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes […]

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Overcoming Hypochondria

New View of Hypochondria Replaces Worry with Rational Thoughts People who constantly worry about having an illness, even when medical exams find there’s nothing wrong, used to be called hypochondriacs. They might worry that a cold was pneumonia or that a headache was a sign of a brain tumor. But when the doctor found no […]

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Reducing Teen Violence with CBT

Innovative Therapy Group and Poetry Help Teens Deflect Violence Teenagers who live in violent neighborhoods have to live among fights, shootings and a community often teetering on the edge of anger. That knife edge of daily life can cause young people to over-react automatically, sometimes violently, when confronted with something like having their jacket stolen […]

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Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Works With

Adults and Older Adults

Therapy Approach

I deeply value curiosity and self-inquiry in my work. My style is primarily conversational with some direct coaching. My knowledge and approach is based in Buddhist Psychology, Feminist Theory, Attachment Theory and Relational-Cultural Theory. I have training in many modalities including CBT, DBT, MI and Narrative Therapy. However, my training and approach is primarily based in mindfulness, meditation, breathwork and therapeutic writing/journaling for the purpose of self-exploration as well as mind-body/yogic approaches for connecting with emotion in the body.


  • Addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • End of life and grief/bereavement
  • Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
  • Relationship challenges
  • LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
  • Social oppression and stigmatization
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood/anxiety disorders
  • Trauma

Get to Know

“Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy.” – Audre Lorde. I believe that through establishing a deep and self-affirming connection with ourselves through radical self-acceptance, self-understanding and self-compassion, we can be more equipped to boldly meet the challenges we face on both an individual and societal/cultural level. I believe that through seeking to heal and love ourselves we effectively simultaneously work towards creating more healing and love in our world.

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Stories of Working through Mental Illness Offer Insight to Therapists and Clients

Working Through Mental Illness Psychologist Ellen Holtzman has a practice in Wakefield, Mass. and often works with clients who have anxiety. The psychologist reviews the anti-anxiety medication one client is taking, and though it’s often effective for many people, it seems less effective for Ann, her client. Holtzman and Ann work with cognitive behavioral therapy, […]

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and What Makes it So Darn Effective? If you have paid even a little bit of attention to the language of psychotherapy and personal improvement in recent days, chances are you have heard about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it has become the preferred method of treatment by many […]

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Help for Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder is the third most common psychiatric illness, and depending on the definition one uses- the incidence is believed to be anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of the population in the United States suffer from it in their lifetime. What is Social Anxiety? Social Anxiety manifests in various ways some of which […]

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Anxiety Treatment with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Anxiety Treatment with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Video

We use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat anxiety. How CBT works: repetitive negative thoughts influence choices. The patient is encouraged to identify actions which help bring negative feelings to life. As these actions and ideas are enhanced and promoted in therapy the negative and destructive choices weaken and dissipate. Discussed by Aaron Gilbert of Boston […]

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