Treatment Approaches

I take a variety of treatment approaches in my psychotherapy practice.

In my practice, I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches to best serve my client’s concerns and unique circumstances.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This evidence-based treatment approach is based on the principle that our thoughts inform the way we feel and even behave. By exploring the distorted beliefs and thinking that lead to maladaptive behaviors, clients can improve the way they feel and subsequently act. For many clients, this results in finding a better way of coping with distress and their mental health symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy requires the client and therapist to work collaboratively in a goal-directed manner to actively improve functioning.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective intervention in the treatment of several presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, insomnia, anger, and stress.

Solution-Focused Therapy

This evidence-based form of therapy differs from other types of treatment by its focus on the present and the future, rather than on past experiences.  It also focuses on the solutions to a client’s problem, instead of the symptoms or issues that initially brought them to treatment.  This form of therapy is goal-oriented, collaborative, and positive.  Solution-focused therapy enhances the internal resources and abilities that clients already possess to achieve a desired future outcome.

Solution-focused therapy can be an effective and promising model when treating a wide range of psychological, behavioral, and relational problems. Some of the presenting concerns that can be positively impacted by solution-focused therapy include depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, autism, substance abuse, and self-injurious behavior.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

This evidence-based treatment approach is a modified version of cognitive behavioral therapy where the therapist helps the client work to accept and even validate uncomfortable or overwhelming emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This is accomplished through mindfulness, relaxation exercises, emotional regulation techniques, and improved interpersonal effectiveness skills. Dialectical behavior therapy reinforces the client’s capacity to tolerate distress without behaving in a destructive manner.

Research has shown that dialectical behavior therapy can be effective in reducing depression, anger, suicidal behavior, self-injurious behavior, and substance abuse. It has also been an effective treatment tool in improving overall social and global functioning.

Mindfulness

This therapeutic approach is a hybrid of the meditative practice of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. The practice of mindfulness promotes the moment to moment awareness of life experiences without judgement. This therapeutic intervention helps aid in the observation and acceptance of the thoughts and feelings that accompany distressing stimuli.

Mindfulness can be effective in the reduction of symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and stress. Mindfulness can also be an effective tool for emotional regulation.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

This form of behavioral therapy is utilized to help clients create more meaningful and fulfilling lives, while also teaching the acceptance of the pain that life inevitably brings. This type of therapy teaches clients to accept what is outside of their personal control and encourages them to take action that will ultimately enrich their lives.

Acceptance and commitment therapy can be successful over a broad range of presenting issues, including substance abuse, trauma, and mood disorders.

Systems Therapy

This theory and treatment approach is interested in the specific role that a client assumes within the context of a larger system of individuals. Specifically, this type of therapy looks at how a system’s dynamic is impacted by each individual’s behavior and contribution to the unit as a whole. A system can consist of families, couples, or specific communities and organizations of individuals. In this form of psychotherapy, the therapist helps the client understand and change their role within a system through improved communication and interactions with the system’s constituents.

Systems therapy can be successful in the treatment of many presenting concerns, such as trauma, depression, anxiety, poor communication, and other relational issues.

Psychodynamic Therapy

This form of insight-oriented therapy is utilized to help clients shed light on the unconscious mechanisms that are impacting present behavior and functioning. Through this process, a client can increase their self-awareness and understanding of how their past has influenced their present.

Psychodynamic therapy can be effective for a wide range of mental health symptoms, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and stress-related physical ailments. Research has even indicated that the benefits of the therapy increase after treatment has ended.