My Approach to Therapy

I have been doing individual therapy for over 5 years.  In that time, I have been able to identify four key aspects of therapy that have helped make it successful.  Many of these come from core social work values that I was taught in college and others simply come from my own experience as a therapist.

I use an eclectic style of therapy, pulling from many different modalities. These include cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy.  I also have been training in the Gottman method of couples therapy as well as emotionally-focused couples therapy.  I have taught groups covering topics such self-esteem, mood disorders, and chronic pain.

More recently, I have been trained in dialectical behavioral therapy and was part of a consult team for 2 years. I have co-facilitated DBT groups and received supervision from a DBT therapist.  I also completed my EMDR basic training in 2012 and have intentions to become EMDR certified.  I have also been to numerous trainings on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  See below for more information on these therapies.

Strengths-Based

Therapy focuses on resilience rather than just deficits.
Therapy is not just about solving a problem, it’s about finding the solution yourself based on the skills and values you already have. Therapy is about uncovering strengths as much as it is about solving problems.

Person-in-environment

It's about you and where you come from.
Depression, anxiety, and stress look and feel different to every person. Likewise, solutions to problems depend on the person and the world in which they live.

Trust and Connection

Knowing and feeling comfortable with your therapist
I tend to have a friendly, open approach to therapy. Building a strong rapport with my clients has always been of utmost importance to me.

Acceptance

You are who you are, and that is great.
Acceptance is an often controversial topic, mostly because we often don’t want to accept. Acceptance is being able to say “It is what it is”. The great thing is, you don’t have to like it!

Therapy Types:

Client Concerns

  • Abandonment/Attachment Issues
  • Abuse/Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions/Compulsions
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger/Irritability
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorders
  • Bipolar
  • Career Issues
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability/Chronic Illness
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce/Divorce Adjustment
  • Family Problems
  • Fear/Phobias
  • Grief/Loss/Bereavement
  • Health/Illness/Medical Issues
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Internet/Gaming Addiction
  • Isolation
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Schizophrenia
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality Issues
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Worry
  • Young Adult Issues