My Approach to Helping
My approach focuses on how people-pleasing, perfectionism and care-taking tendencies often mask deep emotional pain. Inevitably, these seemingly positive attributes lead to exhaustion and resentment; not only towards ourselves but towards the people we love, and leave us feeling lost and confused. If you identify with any of this, I can help. Together, we’ll recognize behaviors and patterns which no longer serve you, cultivate a deeper and more compassionate understanding of yourself, and bring a sense of relief into your life.
I believe the nature of healing and making sense of life looks different for everyone, so I adapt my approach to each person. While I focus on getting to the root of emotional pain and exploring childhood wounds and relationship dynamics, I also use behavioral approaches and trauma-informed techniques to increase mind and body connections. Our sessions will feel collaborative, relational, empowering, challenging and decompressing. With couples, I focus on communication behaviors, barriers, cultural aspects and insecurities – borrowing practical approaches from The Gottman Method and Attachment Theory. There is no right way for everyone, and we can get creative in how we approach your specific healing.
Ultimately, our relationship is the most important aspect of our work. For this reason I lean into my instincts, using curiosity and a little bit of humor to bring the here and now into perspective. Prior to becoming a therapist, I spent 13 years in the high-stress industry of entertainment. I know what it’s like to muscle through the pain and feel disillusioned. Therapy was the catalyst of change in my own life. My purpose is to provide others with the transformative experience of therapy I had, and to spark the change you deserve.
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