As a therapist, I combine several theoretical approaches in order to best meet your needs, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness.
Therapists who practice psychodynamic psychotherapy help clients become aware of, understand, and experience their vulnerable feelings and the underlying dynamics that have been pushed out of conscious awareness by defense mechanisms. This approach seeks to gain a deep understanding of these dynamics, integrate these conflicting parts, and heal the suffering they have caused.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Therapists who practice CBT (sometimes called cognitive therapy or cognitive behavior therapy) hold that thoughts, emotions, and behavior are inextricably linked. The way we perceive things influences our emotional, physiological, and behavioral responses, and inaccurate thoughts often underlie emotional and behavioral problems. CBT therapists use various techniques to help clients examine and modify thoughts and behaviors.
Therapists who practice mindfulness emphasize 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. Therapists who practice mindfulness work on the skills necessary to stay present in the moment rather than getting tossed around by our thoughts.
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