My Approach to Helping
I strongly believe that developing a supportive & collaborative relationship with my clients is the basis for the positive change we achieve together. My approach to therapy is that it is a team effort actualized by commitment, consistency & communication. I believe that taking small steps each day to improve your thoughts & behaviors are important tools in changing your life. As we work together as a team, we collaborate to attain these small goals that will ultimately help you build & achieve a more successful future. It takes courage to reach out & seek help. I look forward to meeting you & helping you attain your goals.
My comprehensive approach first helps clients establish their overall goals and together we identify what specific changes you want to make in your life. We learn about the Cognitive model, which is comprised of three parts. The first is a situation, (or a precipitating event), our automatic thoughts, which then triggers a chain reaction of behaviors, emotions and physiological responses. By breaking down and observing these patterns, we are then able to see how our thinking effects our responses. Together as a team we then start to learn to change our thinking. This is actualized by homework and psychoeducation by the therapist.
More Info About My Practice
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. My training is focused in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. I work with people who are trying to overcome their anxiety and depression. I also use Psychodynamic approaches to help treat the underlying issues from our past.
Through my experience & training as a therapist, I have worked with a wide variety of clientele ranging from adults, adolescents and couples. I welcome people into my practice struggling with various forms of anxiety disorders, depression, addiction, relationship issues & work related problems. I am a Cognitive Behavioral Anxiety Specialist certified through the Beck Institute & also offer Solution Focus Therapy for Couples.
My Therapy Focus
Cognitive Behavioral Therapists believe that our distorted and maladaptive thinking shape our view of ourselves the world and the future. By first being aware of these thoughts and triggering events, we not only learn to change them, but also learn to observe these thoughts through mindfulness practices and acceptance. This helps those who struggle with anxiety understand that their thoughts do not have to dictate their behavior and emotional responses. In turn, we are able to accept that we have these uncomfortable emotions and still attain and accomplish the goals that we want for our lives.