My Approach to Helping
I work primarily with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders such as Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The type of treatments I provide are called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These treatments have been shown through study to be the most effective therapies for OCD and Anxiety. I serve children, adolescents and adults, and provide services to couples and families as well as individuals. As a therapist, I take an active yet relaxed approach to my work, encouraging my clients to take gradual steps towards improvement without adding any unhelpful stress or pressure to the situation. Feel free to check out my website for even more information on my practice.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
Good psychotherapy helps clients feel stronger and more confident, while also reducing mental health symptoms like depression and anxiety. As a psychotherapist, my goal is two-fold: 1) to help you feel supported emotionally in your struggles and 2) to encourage you to gradually face the thoughts, feelings, and experiences you have been avoiding. I also believe that psychotherapy, particularly with anxiety disorders such as OCD, should consist of something more than just talking about the problem. There must also be an experiential element where you feel empowered to face your fears and experience your uncomfortable emotions in small, manageable doses. Only this way will you discover for yourself that you can handle being anxious, that you can live with risk and uncertainty, and that your life doesn't need to revolve around your fears and anxieties.