For Clients

Information for Clients who are Treated by Dr. Wenzel

Dr. Wenzel practices evidence-based psychotherapy, which means that she uses treatment packages and strategies that research has shown to be efficacious with certain clinical presentations. The type of evidence-based psychotherapy that she most commonly uses with her clients is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is an active approach to treatment in which Dr. Wenzel works collaboratively with her clients to identify, evaluate, and if necessary, modify problematic patterns of thinking as well as to acquire behavioral skills to manage emotional distress and/or make positive changes in their lives. CBT treatment plans based on these strategies are individualized to each client. The following are some general aspects of CBT that clients can expect:

  • The specific goals for each session are identified at the beginning of the session in order to maximize effective use of time.
  • A “homework” exercise is developed collaboratively between Dr. Wenzel and her clients so that they can generalize the strategies, skills, or knowledge to their daily lives.
  • Specific skills are acquired that will help clients identify problematic patterns of thinking, evaluate the degree to which they are accurate and helpful, and if they are neither accurate nor helpful, modify them to be more balanced and adaptive.
  • Over the course of treatment, fundamental beliefs that clients hold about themselves, the world, and/or the future will be identified, linked to the problematic patterns of thinking, and, if necessary, modified.
  • For clients with anxiety disorders, a schedule of exposures to feared stimuli or situations will be developed and pursued in order for clients to attain substantial anxiety reduction.
  • For clients with depression, strategies to re-engage with their environment will be identified and implemented.
  • Depending on a client’s individualized case formulation, other cognitive behavioral strategies including but not limited to progressive muscle relaxation, controlled breathing, problem solving, and/or assertiveness/communication training might be implemented.

A typical course of CBT is 12-16 sessions, although some problems are resolved in fewer sessions, and some clients choose to continue treatment beyond 16 sessions. Clients who choose not to receive CBT can consider other evidence-based treatment options, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

After clients have some success with CBT or other evidence-based treatments, they often choose to continue with Dr. Wenzel to achieve relapse prevention. One treatment package for relapse prevention is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally focusing one’s attention in the present moment, often to achieve a sense of acceptance and letting go. It complements CBT by helping clients to acquire another set of strategies to distance themselves from their negative patterns of thinking. MBCT is typically completed in 8 sessions.

Finally, after achieving satisfactory remission of symptoms and resolution of life problems, some clients choose to stay with Dr. Wenzel to work on enhancing their strengths and their quality of life. Dr. Wenzel is in the process of developing a cognitive behaviorally-based treatment protocol for incorporating principles of the psychology of strengths, resiliency, and happiness.

Scheduling an Appointment

Dr. Wenzel’s office is located at:

1062 Lancaster Ave.
Rosemont Plaza
Suite 24
Rosemont, PA 19010

Appointments can be scheduled by emailing Dr. Wenzel at awenzel@dramywenzel.com or by leaving her a message at 267.746.0566.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Dr. Wenzel’s clinical practice, click here.

Resources for Clients

Dr. Wenzel often suggests reading materials to supplement the work that is done in treatment sessions. Below are the titles of some of the reading materials she most commonly recommends and links for purchasing them.

CBT Resources

Mindfulness Resources

Happiness Resources