My practice specializes in therapy approaches that will help you better navigate anxiety, low mood, and other difficulties (e.g., life transitions, self-doubt, low motivation, perfectionism) with more flexibility, awareness, self-compassion, and purpose.
In my practice, I use cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), which have been identified as top treatments for anxiety and depression across decades of scientific research. Much like we would choose a medication that has been carefully tested to demonstrate its effectiveness, I use the therapies that have been shown to work best for treating the types of problems my clients face. These therapies are not only effective in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders, they also provide a valuable set of tools for anyone interested in enhancing their well-being and personal growth.
Cognitive behavioral therapies focus primarily on the here-and-now. This does not mean that the past is unimportant or will go unaddressed, but I am particularly interested in your life today: what is working and not working, what thoughts and feelings are showing up and getting in your way, and how we can collaboratively work to help you to develop tools or make changes that feel personally meaningful and rewarding to you.
I believe therapy is not one-size-fits-all: I flexibly tailor my approach to your individual needs and what you are hoping to get out of therapy. I aim to bring compassion, curiosity, and openness to the work that we do together. I do not see therapy as a never-ending process with no clear direction. We will collaboratively set goals and focus our work on helping you achieve those goals.
One of the therapeutic approaches I often use in my work with clients is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on cultivating psychological flexibility and has been identified as an effective treatment for addressing anxiety, depression, and a range of other difficulties. Based on your reasons for seeking therapy, I will incorporate my expertise in other evidence-based approaches (e.g., Exposure & Response Prevention for OCD; Habit Reversal Training; Motivational Interviewing; Mindfulness and Compassion-Based Approaches) to ensure we are using the treatments that have been shown to work best for the difficulties you are experiencing.
It is my hope that through therapy you will learn to:
(1) relate to difficult thoughts & feelings in more helpful ways,
(2) increase awareness and connection to the present moment, and
(3) continually take actions that move you towards what is important to you
We will also aim to develop a greater awareness of consistent themes that show up across your thoughts, self-stories, and behavioral patterns. Gaining a clearer understanding of these patterns - and how they function for you - can be a valuable step in helping you to develop new patterns of behavior that better serve you in your life.
Hover over or click the boxes below to learn more about some of the key processes targeted within the therapies I use:
the present moment
thoughts & feelings
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