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I believe in a holistic approach.

I believe in finding balance in our lives.

A balance within ourselves and with our environment. Often, this lack of balance is a cause of much stress and a trigger to further anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. 

 

When we are balanced and mindful, we can better manage our emotions and often choose our reactions and not have our emotions react for us. 

 

In therapy, we engage our thoughts, sensations, feelings, and bodies. 

From years of clinical experience, I have learned that different methods work for different people. There is no "one technique fits all."

We will work together to find the right modalities and styles that work for you and help you reach your therapeutic goals. 

 Modalities

CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is a "problem-focused" and "action-oriented" form of therapy, meaning it is used to treat specific problems as defined by the client. The therapist's role is to help the client find and practice effective strategies to address the identified goals and decrease symptoms. CBT is based on the belief that thought distortions and maladaptive behaviors play a role in the development and maintenance of emotional distress, and that symptoms and associated distress can be reduced by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.

A primary assumption of cognitive therapy is that thoughts precede moods and that false self-beliefs lead to negative emotions such as depression. The goal of cognitive therapy is to help you recognize and reassess your patterns of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts that more closely reflect reality.
 

DBT - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Build a Life Worth Living

DBT is a structured therapeutic modality that teaches skills to better cope with emotional distress, build tolerance, and mindful relaxation techniques. 

 

Balancing between acceptance and change. Dialectical thinking means that things that seem opposites can actually live together. In DBT, we accept that things are difficult right now and you are doing the best you can, but, at the same time, continue working towards change and reaching your goals. 

 

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. There is evidence that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm and substance abuse. DBT evolved into a process in which the therapist and client work with acceptance and change-oriented strategies and ultimately balance and synthesize them, comparable to the philosophical dialectical process of hypothesis and antithesis, followed by synthesis.

This approach was developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, to help people increase their emotional and cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in the sequence of events, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help avoid undesired reactions.

DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from contemplative, meditative practice.