"Psychotherapy -- also called "talk therapy" or just plain therapy -- is a process whereby psychological problems are treated through communication and relationship factors between an individual and a trained mental health professional."
Using an eclectic approach is how I am able to individualize our therapy to fit your needs and goals. On this page you will find explanations of some of the techniques I commonly use, in combinations with others, to work with a variety of problems and issues that may be troubling you.
Therapy is a process and it takes commitment and a desire to change. Therapy can be difficulty and may open things that you weren't expecting or are not ready to face. Be assured that I will walk with you through this process. We must face our problems and struggles in order to lessen their power in our lives. I am honored to take that journey with you.
Exposure and Response Prevention is considered the "gold standard" in treating OCD and other selected anxiety disorders. This is a highly specialized training that is remarkably successful when utilized properly. See the link below for more information on this therapy intervention.
"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. CBT focuses on solutions, encouraging patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive patterns of behavior.
CBT rests on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. CBT aims to identify harmful thoughts, assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality, and, if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them."
"Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions."
Person-centered therapy uses a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in discussions so that, in the process, they will discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate facilitator, listening without judgment and acknowledging the client’s experience without moving the conversation in another direction. The therapist is there to encourage and support the client and to guide the therapeutic process without interrupting or interfering with the client’s process of self-discovery.