Therapy Approach Descriptions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT: The therapist focuses on identifying and helping you change unhelpful ways of thinking, managing emotions, and developing problem-solving skills to help you cope with issues causing stress and/or problems in your life. This treatment can address a wide range of life concerns including: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, mood issues, psychosis, and general management of stress.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a specific therapy used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder by helping an individual to confront and overcome anxiety-driven fears that underlie the symptoms of this condition.
I also integrate psychodynamic understanding into my work with clients. This involves exploring a person's childhood experiences and assessing how this has impacted current adult functioning and quality of life.
Motivational Interviewing: “...is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013, p. 29)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR): This is an innovative type of therapy that helps you to psychologically heal from the devastating effects of trauma. The therapist will use eye-movements as a technique that assists in reprocessing traumatic memories to reduce and hopefully eliminate the emotional distress that is typically experienced as a result of such experiences.
Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET): In this approach, the therapist assists you to create a story of your life from beginning to the present. The therapy addresses the traumas that have occurred along the way but does not require you to focus on specific, single events. You will also receive a written biography to take away from treatment at its closure, if desired.
Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM): The client is taught wellness skills to manage the effects of traumatic stress. This model focuses on the biology of the human nervous system and how a person can learn to respond to stress experienced in the body. Trauma is processed using the skills taught at the beginning of the therapy.
How Can Therapy Help?
I am a firm believer that therapy can make a significant difference to a person's quality of life. I also think it's important for someone seeking therapy to be aware of the commitment that it takes to work towards lasting positive change in our thoughts, feelings, and actions. I have chosen specific types of therapy approaches to help you achieve this. Part of this process also involves my commitment to you as the therapist in listening to your concerns, needs, and goals for therapy. My role is to then provide you with an atmosphere where you can develop trust in my ability to guide you to a more content and fulfilling place in your life.
Now you might be asking yourself, how can a therapist help me to do this? While therapy is a complex process, it aims to first of all help you identify what specific issues you want to address. Once this is clear, I will then work with you by using various evidence-based methods to help you overcome these difficulties. I offer therapy that will help you gain greater insight into the potential causes of the problems as well as specific skills you can start implementing in your life to manage and/or resolve the issues you came to therapy for.