Types of Therapy
I draw from an eclectic mix of therapeutic techniques in order to provide a unique and personalized experience for you based on your individual needs, goals, and strengths. Below is a little bit about a handful of the therapies I may pull from. I offer convenient online therapy sessions, so reach out today.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is grounded in the understanding that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected. Negative thoughts and feelings have a way of trapping you in a vicious cycle.
CBT can help you learn how to recognize and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on your behavior and emotions.
You can’t control every aspect of the world around you, but you can take control of how you interpret and deal with the tougher moments in your life. We may develop coping skills for you using CBT.
Contemplative Psychotherapy is a blending of Eastern Buddhist beliefs and studies of the mind and Western medicine.
The premise of Contemplative Psychotherapy is that you already have what you need to connect with your inherent wisdom and compassion. As a contemplative psychotherapist, I’m focused primarily with helping you reconnect with and develop confidence in your own inherent sanity. The contemplative approach is an optimistic one, because it points to your capacity for clarity, compassion, mindfulness, and awareness.
Because I practice mindfulness–awareness meditation, I am less likely to confuse my own issues with yours. I bring mindfulness, awareness, and loving-kindness to my own experiences, so that you may also experience those same qualities in yourself.
Mindfulness and awareness practices help you observe and identify your feelings. Mindfulness blended with cognitive therapy will help you interrupt your automatic thought processes so you can work through feelings in a healthier way.
Positive Psychology accentuates thinking patterns, behaviors, and experiences that may include hopefulness, happiness, creativity, justice, spirituality, optimism, contentment, and the practice of free will. It focuses on your strengths, rather you’re your weaknesses. Positive psychology adds balance to the therapeutic process. We won’t just talk about your troubles; we will identify your strengths to help improve the quality of your day-to-day life.
Person Centered Therapy
Person Centered Therapy is client focused. This means we focus on facilitating your self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Carl Rogers, (an American psychologist) believed that each of us is different and, therefore, your view of your own world, and your ability to manage it, should be trusted. Rogers believed that each of us has the power to find the best solutions for ourselves and make appropriate changes in our lives.
(This is where I learned to cultivate unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding, honesty and transparency.)
Relational therapy is based in the concept that relationships with others are an essential and fundamental aspect of your well-being. The therapeutic relationship becomes a container that can hold feelings that are hard to hold on your own. Mutual empathy and authenticity in the therapeutic relationship helps promote improved relationship both with yourself and with others.
Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, is a scientifically, empirically proven treatment for trauma and PTSD. The EMDR protocol actually helps the brain to unwind and reprocess trauma memories, so that the brain can get back to processing information more clearly and easily. Of course, EMDR won’t erase your memories of a traumatic event. But the impact of those memories becomes shifted so that they no longer have the same debilitating effects.
Sometimes, traumatic experiences can get stuck in your brain and your body, becoming knotted up into a mess of memories, emotions, and physical responses. The good news is that your brain is capable of healing (rewiring) and EMDR therapy can help you to heal from psychological trauma much like the body can recover from physical trauma.