As a holistic therapist, I combine several therapeutic models in order to best meet your needs, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, biofeedback, and narrative therapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps clients become aware of, understand, and experience vulnerable feelings and the underlying dynamics that have been pushed out of conscious awareness by defense mechanisms. It emphasizes relationships and how relational dynamics are often repeated. I often use this approach to help clients gain a deeper understanding of these dynamics, integrate conflicting feelings, and heal the suffering on a more profound level.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), sometimes called cognitive therapy or behavior therapy, shows that thoughts, emotions, and behavior are inextricably linked. The way we perceive things influences our emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses, and inaccurate thoughts may underlie emotional and behavioral problems. I often use various CBT techniques to help clients examine and modify thoughts and behaviors.
Mindfulness emphasizes that we are not our thoughts. Much of our anxiety and depressive feelings stem from dwelling on the negatives of our past or worrying about possible negative outcomes in the future. I often teach clients mindfulness skills to help them stay present in the moment rather than getting tossed around by their thoughts.
Biofeedback is a training approach for the brain and body. Technology is used to monitor body processes (such as brainwave and breathing patterns) and return information (feedback) so that new and healthier patterns may be developed. I often use biofeedback to help teach clients relaxation techniques such as modifying their breathing patterns or controlling their heart rate, which change the body's response to everyday stressors and reduce the likelihood that the stress will accumulate in unhealthy ways.
Narrative Therapy focuses on the stories we tell about ourselves and how these narratives enrich or impoverish our lives and self-conceptions. Such beliefs are often problematically influenced by old family stories and/or dominant social narratives. I often use narrative therapy to help people access and express their own creative, unique, and empowering stories, which allow them to find their deepest values and potentials.
As a marriage counselor and relationship counselor, I combine several theoretical approaches to the ones listed above, including the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Imago Therapy, and Discernment Counseling. Please view the Couples Counseling page for more details.
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