I provide therapy to a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, and families. Clients from diverse backgrounds are very welcomed!
I do therapy with people who are struggling with a variety of problems, including:
The majority of the treatments I offer fall under the general umbrella of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or "CBT" for short. In CBT, the therapist and client work together to determine the goals for therapy, set the agenda for each session, and decide on homework/practice for between sessions. CBT is a treatment approach that combines two very effective kinds of psychotherapy: cognitive therapy and behavior therapy. Behavior therapy helps you learn to weaken the connections between troublesome situations and your habitual reactions to them. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions. Cognitive therapy teaches you how certain thinking patterns give you a distorted picture of what's going on in your life, make you feel anxious, depressed, or angry for no good reason, and/or provoke you into ill-chosen actions. It also teaches you how to focus on more helpful thoughts. When combined, behavior therapy and cognitive therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track.
Here is a list of links at which you can read about some of the treatments I use most regularly:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
I also frequently use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or "ACT" for short, with clients. In ACT, clients begin by focusing on what they care most about in life. Said differently, what are their values (e.g., having meaningful interpersonal relationships; having a fulfilling career; etc.). We then explore what behaviors they engage in that are in line with their values, versus what obstacles prevent them from easily engaging in value-based actions. We collaboratively work to develop a plan in which the client undertakes more actions in line with their values, and learns to accept the uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that may arise when doing so. Mindfulness practice is a key component of ACT. Here is a link that tells a bit more about ACT, and the disorder for which it has empirical support:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy