My Approach to Helping
Amber has a holistic approach to therapy, based on the belief that each person is the expert in their own life, and everyone has the potential to heal. She collaborates with each unique individual to find new strategies to live the life they envision. She believe that the body and mind affect how one feels, thinks, and behaves, so that mindful choices can be made aligning with personal values and goals.
She uses a variety of modalities including cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy (specifically surrounding early attachment), family systems theory, and experiential therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method, utilizing their intake and treatment modality for her couples work
Sean has a heart for middle schoolers and adolescents, having experience in the school setting in providing assessment and support for the delvopmental life challenges of this age group. In one on one therapy he helps clients overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma by utilizing mindfulness to calm the physiology of the symptoms, cognitive behavioral interventions to decrease the symptoms when we recognize them, and enhancing attachment in the client’s primary relationship to help them feel secure in their environment.
For our couples work, we utilize the Gottman method, providing assessment, evaluation and ongoing couples work. First, we have to identify where the strengths and weaknesses are within the relationship, then we can set goals for strengthening the connection and level of attachment. We work with couples ongoing to help them learn "how to fight", how to repair after a fight, and how to turn toward one another with a sense of respect. We work to build and foster friendship within the relationship, as a foundational part of our work together.
At the heart of the therapy we provide, is an inherent belief that we all struggle and we all seek ways to balance our needs and our wants and we all need relationships with others. We do not function in isolation. We need one another. We need connection. Holistic health requires that we look at our physical health, our emotional health, our sleep, exercise, relationships and purpose behind each of these, so our work together will be layered and whole-person minded.