HST119 Dr. Jessica B. Stern – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

About This Week’s Guest:

Dr. Jessica B. Stern is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a speciality in trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and health psychology, particularly in the Military and Veteran population. She is a clinician, supervisor, and researcher.
She obtained her PhD from Drexel University in 2017, and completed a fellowship with  NYU Langone Health Dept. of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology in 2018. She is currently a Clinical Psychologist on the Faculty of Psychology with NYU Langone Health, with dual appointment to the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic and NYU Psychiatry Associates(Faculty Group Practice).

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Jessica’s background and experience
  • Veteran mental health beyond PTSD and TBI
  • Misdiagnosing a mental health condition due to snap judgements
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Examples of negative cognitions
  • Thoughts leading to both emotions and behaivors
  • Challenging negative thoughts to influence motions and behaviors
  • Behaviors as an entry point to awareness
  • Identifying themes and patterns in thought
  • Awareness of problems coming from inside and outisde
  • Common patters of negative thought:
    • Catastrophizing
    • Mind reading
    • Black and white thinking
    • All or nothing thingking
    • Absolute thinking
  • Three Cs of CBT: Catch it, Check it, Change it
  • Thoughts and behaviors being appropriate or inappropriate based on which environment you’re in
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