A person-centered, warm approach to healing
DIALECTICAL & COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps people to recognize the negative thinking patterns that may be holding them back from a happier, more self-compassionate life. CBT operates under the premise that our thinking has a huge impact on how we act and our emotions, and therefore targeting our thoughts first can be a mechanism for healing. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) focuses on skill-building around the areas of interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, emotional regulation and distress tolerance. Clients often tell me they appreciate having an action-oriented approach like DBT that gives them skills to practice in their everyday life.
EMDR (Eye Motor Desensitization Reprocessing) is an integrative, trauma intervention. EMDR helps the brain reprocess "stuck" traumatized memories and assists people in gaining new understanding and insights from their trauma(s) so that traumatic memories are less emotionally disturbing. I've used EMDR to help clients heal from a multitude of struggles including trauma, abuse, anxiety, self-esteem issues, break-ups and grief. With EMDR we also look at what negative beliefs you have formed about yourself as a result of your struggles, which provides an extra layer of healing that talk therapy alone may not provide.
Gottman method focuses on areas of knowing one another's world, fondness and admiration, turning towards one another rather than away, positive perspectives, managing conflict, making life dreams come true, and sharing meaning. All of these aspects are referred to as the "Sound Relationship House." We will explore these areas of your relationship, and I will provide you with exercises and interventions based on your areas of growth and strengths as a couple.
COUNSELING FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Anxiety and Depression are the most prevalent mental health struggles I see in my practice. With anxiety, there tends to be a core fear, so I like to explore with clients what their deeper fears are that can be feeding their anxiety. I also like to think of all emotions as messages from our psyche that tell us important information about our life and relationships. If we can have the courage to "lean into anxiety," and delve into what message it is trying to convey, we can find healing. I also like to help people identify their attachment styles as a way to help them better understand how their early life has informed how they approach adult relationships. With depression, people tend to experience hypoarousal, meaning lack of energy, motivation, and "shutting down." I help clients find their drive and passion again, and assist them in exploring their values, goals, and routines to guide them in a way that can get them excited about life again.