Psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship. We climb on the observation deck together, so we can get a full sense of your problem. I am an active therapist. I ask questions and get curious about being in your shoes. I invite you try exercises to give you a new perspective and make positive changes. My wish is that you leave my office with an action that moves you towards a meaningful life. I frequently suggest in between session exercises to help with this movement.
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.
- 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.