What Does Treatment Look Like?
Individualized & Purposeful
Treatment is not a matter of one size fits all. Treatment is thoughtfully designed to match your own needs, strengths, and temperament. We will work together to identify what you hope to gain from treatment, and use research and experience to help meet those goals. We will periodically review our progress together, updating our initial goals and identifying new ones as they arise, thus making the best use of our time together. We may choose meeting more intensely during times of need, and less frequently as we phase out of treatment.
In my work, I use the latest evidence-based approaches. This means that I only use therapeutic treatments and methods that have been shown, through science and research, to make a real difference.
Take a look at the
Therapeutic Approach page to learn more about these therapeutic approaches.
We are in this together. We’ll work as a team to approach your current struggles with curiosity and empowerment. I take this partnership seriously: you’re the expert on your life-- you’re the person who best understands where you’ve come from and where you want to go. I’m like a trained guide, an outside perspective that can help you see things in a new light, and offer tools and support along your way. We’ll decide together how we use our time-- you may have a particular problem or issue you’d like to discuss, I may bring new tools and exercises. In this way, I want you to feel like each session is aligned with your goals, as well as flexible enough to discuss what matters.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment on purpose. Therapy will integrate mindfulness to foster a nonjudgmental, open, and healthy awareness of thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, urges, and memories. Through therapy, you will work on exploring yourself and your experiences with a new sense of curiosity. Mindfulness also helps us practice living more fully in the moment— learning to be with whatever our experience happens to be.
You are coming to treatment because you want change. Understanding the problem is not enough. Discussing the problem is not enough. Only through the practice of new habits and behaviors can you bring meaningful change out of the therapy room and into your own life. This means that we practice these new skills together in session (though exercises like exposures, mindfulness practice, experiential work), as well as design ways to practice new behaviors in your everyday life.
Not only do I view compassion as a fundamental value in my therapy work, but I find it is often an area of focus in treatment. Shame and self-criticism often shows up as an obstacle to progress, and developing and strengthening a compassionate voice has been shown to be particularly helpful to working through these difficult states to foster a strong, wise, and empathic commitment to alleviating suffering.