Therapeutic Approaches

I work with people struggling with a variety of life issues, but my specialty is working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma related issues. Although my foundation is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I utilize different therapies and techniques depending on the needs of each unique client. Mindfulness is the foundation of all therapies that I use including Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Click on the links below for more information on each method.

MB-CT combines cognitive behavioral techniques with Mindfulness in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in a nonjudgmental and compassionate way. MB-CBT is especially effective in treating symptoms of depression and anxiety.

An action-oriented approach that stems from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clients learn Mindfulness techniques to stop avoiding, trying to control, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these feelings and thoughts are normal responses to situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it. Click for some Short Videos

TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience. It is an effective treatment for multiple traumas or a single traumatic event. Therapists trained in TF-CBT are frequently able to help children and adolescents experiencing the emotional effects of trauma address and resolve these effects.

Exposure is an intervention strategy commonly used in cognitive behavioral therapy to help individuals confront fears. Prolonged exposure is a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches individuals to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings and situations.

Most people want to avoid anything that reminds them of the trauma they experienced, but doing so reinforces their fear. By facing what has been avoided, a person can decrease symptoms of PTSD by actively learning that the trauma-related memories and cues are not dangerous and do not need to be avoided.