Psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship. We climb on the observation deck together, so we can get a full sense of your problem. I ask questions and get curious about being in your shoes. I am not a sit and nod type of therapist, though I may ask you, “how does that make you feel?” (Yep-can’t get around that one in therapy). Once I get a good sense of your experience, we develop a plan to reach your goals. Then, I offer tools to alleviate your suffering. I also frequently offer suggestions for homework in between sessions to maximize therapeutic growth.
I utilize an integrative therapeutic approach informed by: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT). I also utilize Prolonged Exposure (PE) when working with clients who evidence symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Central ideas in my approach:
- Emotional pain is not pathology (i.e., something wrong with you). It is a signal that a piece of your life needs attending to.
- Uncovering and addressing the root causes of symptoms vs. just focusing on the symptoms leads to a greater reduction of pain.
- Working collaboratively with those on your wellness team such as your primary care doctor, psychiatrist, acupuncturist, etc. enhances your care.
- Therapy can be a safe a place to learn new skills to manage the challenging parts of life’s journey.
- Growth occurs when we feel safe and connected in our relationships, including the therapeutic one.
- No one should be alone in their pain.
Please contact me to learn if my approach would be a good fit for your needs.
If you’re unsure if you need therapy, this article may help.