Approach

"An unexamined life is not worth living."

Socrates

Approach

As your therapist I will provide a safe, accepting and non-judgmental space where you will be truly seen and heard. In this healing environment, you will have the opportunity to gain greater self-understanding, self-compassion and self-acceptance. When this happens, positive change can occur. Together we will seek to unlock creative blocks, move past trauma, let go of self-criticism, comprehend challenging relationships and celebrate your strengths.

Having studied many prominent theories, I will work with you to craft a personalized approach to meet your specific needs and preferences.

Theoretical Methods

  • Attachment Theory, developed originally by psychiatrist Dr. John Bowlby (1907-1990) and psychologist Dr. Mary Ainsworth (1913-1999), is the study of how our early childhood relationships with our caregivers shape our self-concept and future relationships with others. Insight into these early patterns allows for making desired changes.

  • Adlerian Theory is an all encompassing future and goal-oriented approach that encourages finding a sense of belonging, purpose and meaning in life, all while taking early childhood and family constellation into account. Psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Adler (1870-1937) split off from strict Freudian thought as he emphasized the importance of social and community engagement in his theory. Adler is the father of all modern psychotherapy including CBT, Family Systems, Narrative, and more.

  • EFT, or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, developed by psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson, is a process by which partners develop empathy and become a safe haven for each other by understanding each other's early attachment patterns.

  • Gestalt Therapy, developed by psychiatrist Dr. Fritz Perls (1893-1970), emphasizes personal responsibility and uses the "here and now" to explore areas of concern, sometimes by experientially reenacting old patterns of behavior and relationships during the therapy session, and engineering new healthy alternatives.

  • CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, developed by psychiatrist Dr. Aaron T. Beck, helps you to catch yourself in the habitual cycle of negative thoughts leading to upset feelings leading to unhelpful behaviors. This technique sometimes includes "homework"such as journaling, and keeping charts that support identifying and ultimately breaking the non productive cycles.

  • EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, developed by psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro (1948-2019), is a groundbreaking technique that targets trauma, both PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and complex trauma. By using eye movement, hand tapping or other bilateral stimulation, the whole brain is engaged as memories of traumatic experiences are released from the limbic system, the primitive emotion center of the brain. The distressing material is then reprocessed by the more logical, intellectual and executive neocortex, thus reducing the power of the memory.

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