My approach to therapy varies depending on the differing needs of each client. An approach with a client seeking personal growth may be different than that with a client who is suffering panic attacks. I will work collaboratively with you to develop goals and an approach which supports your needs.
I believe that developing mindfulness and coping strategies to address present day difficulties as well as processing how early relationships and experiences may have shaped your beliefs are important in creating real and healthy change.
I use the following 3 approaches, usually in combination with most clients:
- Psychodynamic. An approach which focuses on the way that experiences and early dynamics have affected our beliefs about ourselves, our relationships and the world. This approach focuses on understanding the influence of the past on present behavior and feelings. This is an insight oriented approach.
- Cognitive Behavioral. An approach which focuses on the way that thoughts, behaviors and feelings affect one another. This approach focuses on learning to change our thoughts and behaviors in order to change how we feel. This is a concrete behavior oriented approach.
- Mindfulness. An approach which focuses on the present awareness of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. This approach focuses on acceptance and nonjudgmental observation of ourselves and our environment. This approach increases control of attention, relaxation and presence.
Additionally, I believe that feeling comfortable, safe and understood by your therapist is a key factor in your therapy. This means that finding the right therapist for you is very important.