“Once you start making the effort to ‘wake yourself up’—that is, be more mindful in your activities—you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more.” –Robert Biswas-Diener
The different approaches used in session.
My work is grounded in Psychodynamic and Attachment Theory, as I find it powerful to help people understand who they are in the context of their family of origin by exploring early life experiences. This approach allows the client to be more attuned with his/her choices, and gain insight into their own life decisions.
I also draw upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), tailoring the approach to the unique needs of each client. CBT can help identify maladaptive patterns and learn new coping skills. CBT focuses on identifying maladaptive thinking and behavioral patterns, and implementing specific strategies to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, body image issues, etc
With couples, I use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques, allowing partners to create a safe and secure attachment style while becoming more empathetic with each other to better grow together.
Psychodynamic looks at the individual's early childhood experiences with a focus on family dynamics, repetitions, repressed experiences, and potential trauma. This depth-oriented approach helps the client better understand and resolve current conflicts through exploration of self and past.
The client learns to understand and process feelings, sensations, relational patterns, slips of the tongue, and dreams through the relationship with the therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is is a short-term therapy, focused on the here-and-now. CBT helps clients understand how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected and can impact their overall well-being.
CBT is a problem-focused approach that helps change clients' thought patterns in order to improve their responses to difficult/stressful situations.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT focuses on four aspects of the client's life:
Mindfulness: Learning to slow things down, and ground ourselves in the present moment.
Interpersonal effectiveness: Learning new tools to communicate effectively with others.
Emotion regulation: Recognizing, labeling, and adjusting emotions.
Distress tolerance: Helping the client learn healthy coping skills to better manage painful emotions.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Originally developed for couples counseling, EFT helps individuals and couples identify emotional patterns, and take steps to create a more secure bond. The therapist will help the couple identify the negative cycle they might be trapped into. This approach helps partners feel safer and more connected to each other.
Emotionally focused therapy can benefit couples who are struggling with conflict, distress, trust issues, and poor communication.