I love what I do and I am committed to providing the best treatment possible for the clients with whom I work. My initial goal is to create a warm, safe, an open therapeutic environment that allows clients to feel the freedom to be honest about who they are and what they are experiencing.
There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach to therapy. I typically take an active and collaborative approach to therapy, but am also attuned to times when clients may need me to step back. I’ve spent many years seeking training and professional experiences to enhance my knowledge about a variety of treatment approaches in order to better serve the clients with whom I work. I consequently integrate different approaches/techniques based upon the individualized needs of the clients. More specifically, I integrate insight-oriented, psychodynamic techniques with evidence based CBT, DBT, and mindfulness techniques. I’ll spend time getting to know you and your needs, and will then work collaboratively with you to identify an individualized plan for your therapy experience.
What to expect in the first few sessions:
I initially work with my clients to establish a safe, honest, and collaborative relationship, which is the foundation of our work together. There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach to therapy. Consequently, our initial focus will be directed towards better understanding who you are, what your needs are, and how I specifically can best help you. We will spend the first few sessions focusing upon understanding your particular concerns, both in the present and in the context of your life experiences. Once this process is complete, I will offer my impressions and recommendations. If we agree that I am the right therapist for you, we will then work together to establish a mutually agreed upon plan to address your individualized needs.
I have a strong foundation within insight-oriented psychodynamic therapy. All of us establish patterns in early life that carry forward as we age. More specifically, we develop ways of thinking about ourselves, ourselves in relation to others, and strategies to cope with problematic aspects of our lives that do not necessarily serve us well as we enter into and navigate adulthood. A psychodynamic approach enables a client to begin to recognize and understand these patterns, while utilizing the therapeutic relationship and experience to begin to learn how to challenge and change the patterns that no longer work.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based, and typically shorter term approach to treatment that targets how patterns of thought can impact consequent emotional and behavioral responses. This approach focuses on facilitating clients in learning techniques that challenge problematic thought and behavioral patterns that can contribute to ongoing distress. Evidence supports CBT to be particularly efficacious in addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and even psychosis. However, it is also valuable for individuals coping with issues related to stress management, self-esteem, relationship issues, as well as many other presenting concerns.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral approach that additionally focuses upon the tenants of collaboration and building upon one’s strengths. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, particularly in relation to others. It consequently integrates mindfulness skills with emotion regulation, interpersonal, and stress tolerance skills to begin to change the way in which one views/cares for oneself and interacts with others. I typically use DBT techniques to facilitate my clients in better understanding and regulating their emotional responses and in navigating relationships within their lives.
Mindfulness, often used interchangeably with meditation, is a skill that has been taught for thousand of years in many of the world’s religions. In the 1980s, treatment providers began utilizing the concepts underlying mindfulness for non-religious purposes. It is currently used within the treatment of chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, binge eating, addiction, increasing tolerance to distressing situations, increasing relaxation, increasing skills to cope with difficult situations, and many other areas.
Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and physical sensations, in the present moment, without judging or criticizing yourself or your experience. Mindfulness involves acceptance of thoughts and feelings without judging them to be “good/bad” or “right/wrong.” Mindfulness also helps an individual to better attune to what he or she is sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Learning to focus attention upon the present moment gives individuals the opportunity to be better attuned with what’s happening to and within him or herself in a given moment. It also allows individuals to better focus on aspects of his/her life that need attention in order to be effective.