My Approach to Helping
My goal for therapy is to offer guidance, support, skills and strategies that you can use long after therapy ends. To me, therapy is more than a place to vent and have someone to talk to. I don't want you to just feel better...I want you to BE BETTER. My approach is to help the teens and adults I work with to to reflect on how they successfully managed in the past and apply those strengths to their current situation. Reflect on what is really important to them and identify their priorities and values. Build confidence, find healthier ways to cope with stress, anxiety or depression and focus on the life that they want to live and put skills into place to make that happen. Sometimes you need a professional to help you to identify the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that have kept you stuck in your current situation. After all, you don't know what you don't know...let me teach you the skills you need to move forward.
I do my best work with anxious clients who feel worry is uncontrollable, who experience panic attacks, social anxiety or whose life is ruled by obsessive thoughts. Anxiety feels so big and scary but when you break it down and really understand how it operates and what it wants, you can demote your worry to just background noise.
More Info About My Practice
I use a variety of techniques with clients such as mindfulness, education, DBT informed skills training, problem solving, evaluating thoughts, feelings andor behaviors that may be contributing to symptoms. Sometimes it is just working towards acceptance of situations that can't be changed. Small changes in your thinking and behavior daily lead to lasting change and a feeling of hope that you can cope with life's challenges and hardships. You can't always change what is going on in your life, but you can lean how to change how you react and think about the situation.
I will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Anxiety if appropriate treatment for you. CBT treatment is more structured than some clients are expecting. Cognitive behavior therapists help clients specify the problems they have encountered during the week or that they expect to encounter in the current week. They then collect data to identify the ideas and behaviors that have interfered with patients’ ability to solve problems themselves. Cognitive behavior therapists get clients actively engaged in deciding where to start working. Together, they develop an “action plan” or homework for patients (to do during the week) to implement solutions to problems or to make changes in their thinking and actions. This process gets clients actively involved in their own treatment; they begin to recognize that the way to get better is to make small changes in how they think and what they do every day. When treatment ends, clients are able to use the skills and tools they have learned in therapy in their day-to-day lives.