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) Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in regular weekly sessions.
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 increase stronger decision making skills. Together, we can work towards increasing awareness and gaining 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 behavioural exercises and techniques. One of the ways in which this type of therapy is known to be beneficial, is helping to reduce negative thoughts and unwanted behaviors, especially learned or compulsive 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 them. An example is worrying, which tends to originate from anxious parents. CBT can help you reduce worrying, increase decision making ability and better define self soothing techniques.
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 without being acknowledged or realizing the original source. 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 effect our perspective on present day relationships. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy begins with a warm and supportive space to allow 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.