I strive to create a safe, accepting environment in which we can collaborate on ways to fulfill your goals for therapy. My person-centered orientation means I provide understanding and validation, as well as regard you as the expert on yourself. I may help guide you to deeper understanding or new insights, and even offer new tools, but ultimately you know what will work for you and will be the one to make the changes.
My lens is trauma informed as well as built on an understanding of attachment science. I have an integrative approach, and weave in components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
DBT is best known for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); however, it has expanded to treat Bipolar Disorder and many other diagnoses. In my work, I have found aspects of it to apply to nearly everyone! There are 4 modules with various skills.
Mindfulness: being fully present for the moment, no matter what you are doing
Distress Tolerance: strategies for how to defuse heightened emotions and bring down the temperature of extreme overwhelm
Emotion Regulation: guides ways to change negative emotions and reduce suffering, while also increasing resiliency
Interpersonal Effectiveness: teaches effective communication to more likely get what you want or assert a boundary for yourself (such as being able to say, “No”).
For CBT, I can help you work on discovering your negative core beliefs and cognitive distortions. Then we can work on challenging them with evidence from your life. When appropriate, I can assist with developing exposure hierarchies to reduce fear and increase tolerance of specific stimuli.
ACT can help facilitate acceptance of the "both/and." We can work on de-fusing from the emotions so that you can feel what you feel and think what you think, while still moving forward with choices you want to make.
With IFS, we can explore different parts of you that sometimes feel conflicting ways about something. It’s like when part of you wants to eat some cake and part of you knows that that doesn’t fit with your long-term goals for your health. We can talk about the purpose each part serves, and how to help your defenses take a step back.
I adapt to each client, using what I think is helpful for that specific person and their presenting issues. I am very transparent in what modality I am using and what interventions we will do. I would like you to be a co-creator of our journey together.