Therapeutic Modalities and Approach
My therapeutic approaches are how I work with you to improve your overall mental well-being. My approach to therapy is client centered and humanistic. This means that you can expect me to be genuine, accepting, understanding, empathic, authentic, non-judgmental and engaging. I work from a very inclusive, flexible, integrative perspective meaning that I can adapt my therapeutic approach based on your presenting concerns/needs and stage of therapy. An integrative approach combines different schools of psychological/developmental theories and evidence-based treatment approaches to therapy.
The perspectives that I integrate into my therapeutic work include but are not limited to:
Psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and Attachment Based:
Working deeply with you to focus on your relationship with yourself and others in your environment (i.e., relational). These approaches to therapy explore how the experiences impact existing patterns of behavior with self and others. The major objective of these therapies is to improve self-awareness, knowledge of patterns and subsequent change. Particular attention is paid to internal conflict, early unmet emotional needs, the strategies we adopt to protect ourselves and the functional value of current behavioral patterns. Within this way of working, symptoms and behaviors are not judged, rather they are unpacked to deeply understand their origin and functional value in protecting you. In working with me, my goal is always to create an environment of safety and security where you can explore your past unmet needs and have a new kind of relationship with your therapist that is rich in empathy, acceptance and understanding.
CBT/DBT/ACT and Mindfulness-Based Therapy:
Cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches are also incorporated to reduce overall distress and improve functioning. These modalities explore the connection between thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and how they impact your behavioral responses. Additionally, these modalities can help you to reduce distress by teaching skills such as distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. These therapies can help you to improve your overall mindfulness by learning how to observe your internal thoughts, feelings and emotions with less judgment, more self-compassion, and validation. Particular attention is paid to important core beliefs to improve your sense of direction, clarity and moving toward the activities in your life that are most valued.
An integrative psychotherapy approach that draws from various theoretical perspectives including object relations theory, attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoanalytic. When working from a Schema Therapy perspective, we work together to explore early maladaptive schemas (i.e. organized patterns of thoughts and behaviors), coping styles (i.e. behavioral responses based on schemas), modes (i.e. "way of being" that people shift into both frequently and infrequently) and basic emotional needs (i.e., unmet childhood needs).
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