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Therapeutic Approach

My integrative approach to psychotherapy allows for flexibility to meet you where you are and to work in a collaborative and compassionate way in light of your needs and goals. I have an interactive, eclectic therapeutic approach that incorporates goal-directed evidence-based interventions with insight-oriented work, as well as an emphasis on mindfulness. Even more important than a guiding theory or philosophy is the establishment of a safe space in which to do the work of therapy.

This safe space is the trusting relationship between us.

My warm, compassionate nature and active-listening style will help you feel
comfortable and understood so that trust can develop.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a goal-directed form of treatment that addresses patterns of thinking and behavior so as to change the way people feel regardless of the situations, relationships and events that surround them. The client and therapist work together to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and to develop new strategies, or coping skills, to improve well-being. CBT is a well-researched and scientifically supported approach to the treatment of many issues such as depression, anxiety in many forms as well as ADHD and other significant problem areas.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is an insight-oriented approach to treatment that emphasizes the client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. It examines the complexities of interpersonal relationships and is generally what is meant by traditional “talk therapy”. The role of the therapist is to help the client gain greater insight into thoughts and feelings that may not be readily visible. By addressing these “blind spots” clients are better able to have healthy relationships and lead fuller, more satisfying lives.

Considerable research supports the efficacy of psychodynamic therapy as a treatment technique for many issues and it brings lasting benefits through self-knowledge.

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Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind so you can let go of your regrets and rumination about the past and your worries about the future and instead turn your attention to what is happening right now. Mindfulness improves our ability to be present without being defensive or reactive. It is promoted by certain practices or activities such as focus on the breathe or a daily sitting meditation. Research on mindfulness has illuminated several benefits such as improving positive affect and decreasing anxiety as well as increasing relationship satisfaction and decreasing emotional reactivity.