Dr. Jeff Jones, PhD
WELCOMEI am a depression and anxiety specialist, and I mainly work from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) foundation in helping individuals overcome their symptoms of depression and anxiety.
I use very similar CBT techniques for both depression and anxiety. I will often describe CBT as being like driving down a country road. If we are not paying attention, we can get a wheel off on the soft shoulder and it can quickly pull us into a ditch of anxiety and depressive thoughts. The idea of cognitive behavioral therapy is to have a firm and quick correction, and get back on the firm pavement (of rational thought). In our therapy sessions, I will help you develop the proper tools and skills to get your thinking back on the solid road and prepare you for future mental “potholes” or challenges.
With depression and anxiety, I try to help my clients develop the tools and skills to counteract their depressive thoughts that may be at the core of their mood disorder. We identify “cognitive errors” in our thinking and learn how to challenge these depression inducing thoughts. The outlook of a person experiencing anxiety is often pessimistic or fearful, so I try to help them create a new mindset and different types of thought patterns that may interrupt their catastrophic thinking (i.e., “What if…..). I think of it as helping them get back on the road to rationality.
I also specialize in sports psychology and performance enhancement and have been working in that specialty for over 30 years. I am now a Certified Mental Performance Coach (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sports Psychology (AASP). Currently, I work as an independent consultant to student-athletes and athletic teams at the University of San Diego (USD) and have done so for the last 9 years.
I offer therapy services in couples counseling, men’s issues, family therapy, parent coaching, coping with chronic disease, managing work-life balance issues, stress management, conflict resolution, and sexual health issues (e.g., out-of-control sexual behavior).
Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.