“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ― Viktor Frankle
We’ve learned a great deal over the past 20 years about what creates a productive and transformative therapy experience. It turns out that the single most important factor is the quality of the relationship between counselor and client. That’s why I focus on establishing a safe, supportive environment where you can share anything and everything about yourself without ever feeling judged or self-conscious. My goal is to serve as your trusted guide and partner, someone who can provide the guidance you need to achieve meaningful growth and the empathy and support you need to fully and joyfully become the person you were meant to be.
In our work together, I will draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches and treatment strategies that reflect your values, life experiences, therapy goals and the nature of the issues we’re exploring. I don’t subscribe to a “one-size fits all” approach when it comes to the delicate work of enacting positive change. My approach is more holistic and may include some or all of the following:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): You may already have heard about EMDR as a proven, evidence-based method for processing trauma and alleviating the debilitating symptoms associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, properly applied, EMDR can do much more than this. It can provide welcome relief from the pain and distress that comes with divorce, the loss of a loved one, career upheavals and serious illnesses. I have also found it to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, addictions and phobias.
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): In his groundbreaking book about healing trauma, psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk famously wrote, “The body keeps the score.” More broadly, this means we cannot enact change by focusing solely on our thoughts and emotions. We must also consider how these influence and interact with our bodily awareness. I will provide you with MBSR tools that address the “three C’s” of the mind/body connection: calming the body, correcting thinking and confronting fears. You’ll learn to employ these tools to ground yourself and recover your composure whenever you begin to feel overcome by stress, rage, fear or sadness. Mindfulness makes it possible to change how we feel and react to people and situations in the present moment, when it matter most.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT is another cognitive/behavioral treatment approach I may draw upon in our work together. The term “dialectical” means synthesis or integration of opposites, which reflects its dual focus on developing a set of “acceptance-oriented” skills (mindfulness and distress tolerance) and “change-oriented” skills (emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness). Research has shown DBT to be highly effective in treating substance abuse and dependence, depression, PTSD, eating disorders and many other issues.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a solution-focused treatment that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. If you’re contending with anxiety or depression, I’ll employ CBT techniques that enable you to identify and change the harmful patterns of negative thoughts and behaviors that are currently undermining your health and happiness. I’ll also show you how to apply CBT techniques yourself to develop and enhance your problem-solving skills.
I understand that every person, family and relationship is unique and will work in close collaboration with you to develop the therapeutic strategy that will help you become the fully authentic and empowered person you always wanted to be. Together, we will ensure that you have the tools you need to harness your innate creativity and strength and to achieve your unique human potential.