Dr. Ralston is one of three psychologists practicing in Hawaii who are board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), including Cognitive Trauma Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Exposure and Response Prevention, for adult (18+ years) individuals. Treatment is provided in his Kaimuki office and in some cases, may be provided via online therapy (sometimes referred to as telepsychology or telehealth). He does not treat children, adolescents, couples, or families.
Dr. Ralston utilizes Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) to treat the following conditions and related challenges:
*Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
*Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
*Trauma (domestic violence, sex abuse, assault, motor vehicle accidents, combat, and more)
*Trauma-Related Guilt and Shame (e.g. "I should have...")
*Specific Phobias (All types, including Blood / Injury / Injection / Needle Phobia)
*Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
*Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
While experiencing any form of these challenges can be highly unpleasant, the good news is that anxiety and the effects of traumas are also very treatable. Furthermore, treating anxiety and the main effects of traumas first may result in little or no need for specific work on co-occurring depression or anger as they often diminish to sub-problematic levels once anxiety and fear is greatly reduced or gone.