My treatment plans are unique and individualized for each person. I specialize in solution focused therapy with lots of feedback, empathy and caring. I have been in practice since 1996 and use a variety of therapeutic tools that include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
The essence of CBT is to suggest ways to change the thoughts, attitudes emotions or behaviors that you feel have outlived their usefulness. My goal is to offer a variety of treatment techniques that can help you reduce self defeating thoughts and make the changes you wish to make. Together, we can work towards becoming more aware and gain a deeper understanding about yourself. CBT offers you the opportunity to look at issues from different perspectives, make improvements and move forward. It focuses on anxiety reduction techniques that include: handouts, exercises and homework (on request). One of the ways in which this type of therapy is known to be beneficial is towards reducing negative thoughts and unwanted behaviors, especially learned behaviors. For example, we may react to situations in the same way as our parents have done, without ever realizing this behavior was learned from watching them. An example is worrying, which tends to originate from parents who worry. CBT can help you overcome worrying, increase decision making and self soothing skills.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
In addition, I offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) psychotherapy. This type of therapy focuses on becoming more aware of our daily living experiences and way we participate in them. In our everyday lives, we can experience both positive and negative thoughts and feelings in our relationships. ACT increases the ability to visualize and increase positive behaviors and reduce anxiety symptoms. Some of the concepts include mindfulness, awareness and the opportunity to create more open and flexible thinking patterns. ACT techniques help to define and prioritize decision making skills and value driven goals. ACT treatment includes the use of: metaphors or comparisons, visualizations and thought provoking exercises to increase self growth.
The basis of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is to revisit and talk about unhealed childhood wounds. These wounds can carry over into present day relationships. This type of therapy primarily focuses on uncovering and exploring underlying feelings such as anger, grief or resentment. The tools for change include: empathic listening, reflective dialogue and positive feedback. For example, this type of therapy can be useful for reducing hurtful childhood memories such as criticism from parents or peers. These hurtful feelings and experiences can stay in the background of our unconscious and present themselves as painful memories. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy creates a warm and supportive space for these painful feelings and memories to be heard and acknowledged. The healing process of psychotherapy can help you create a sense of calm, a quieter mind and find a peaceful inner self.
I practice psychotherapy with intention and desire to have a positive influence on everyone. Every issue and situation deserves my time, compassion and support. I feel there is always room to reach, and grow. You can become who you have in your heart to be and wish to become now.