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OUR APPROACH

Your experience at the Performance Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies will be personally tailored using both art and science. We believe strongly in therapeutic work that is informed by scientific evidence and applied creatively to meet your needs. Our style is honest, collaborative, supportive, and empathic while being supported by the countless research studies surrounding cognitive and behavioral therapies. Therapies we use include: 

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

  • ExRP (Exposure and Response Prevention)

And more specialized approaches such as:

  • ACT for Actors (Performance and Audition Anxiety Treatment)

  • CBTi (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia)

  •  and CBTp (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis).

While targeting the therapeutic goals of each client, we take a comprehensive, nonjudgmental approach that takes all of a client's needs into account. Our aim is to help our clients achieve the freedom to pursue their most valued life goals.


While we work with clients experiencing a range of mental health concerns, our practice specializes in anxiety disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Audition Anxiety, Panic Attacks, etc.), OCD, depression, adult ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, insomnia, clinical perfectionism, and stress management. We also have a special segment of our practice devoted solely to working with performing artists. One of our therapists, Dr. Michael Jacobs, developed a treatment specifically designed to target performance and audition anxiety in performers. In addition to working with our clients in individual or group therapy, we offer training, consultation, and supervision to other professionals.


In our experience (and as researchers have found in most scientific studies on the matter), the relationship between client and therapist is one of the biggest predictors of success in therapy. In order to create lasting change, the process of therapy often involves discomfort. Difficult topics may be broached, uncomfortable exercises may be prescribed as part of treatment and these may lead to a temporary increase in negative emotional states. Because these are all a normal part of therapy, we find that clients who trust and feel supported by their therapists do better. This is why we stress the importance of feeling comfortable with the therapist you choose. It is totally acceptable to shop around for different therapists before ultimately deciding on one for the long term.


Ultimately, our sincere hope is to offer services that enrich the lives of our clients. Just like you, our therapists are constantly evolving and striving to be even better at what we do. When it comes to making changes, the first step is often the hardest. Allow us to help you take the next step on your journey towards freedom.