It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s struggles. Sometimes it’s easier to avoid or distract from our problems rather than to approach them. Other times we may worry about all those worst-case scenarios in hopes of being prepared. Before we know it, too much energy goes into trying to tame this anxiety, and life becomes more and more narrow.
This is when suffering begins— when life becomes ruled by trying to control and escape our emotions… when we get more caught up in moving away from painful experiences instead of moving towards meaningful ones.
When too much time and effort is put into protecting oneself from all these negative experiences, it is hard to have the space and presence to really live the life you want.
What if you could fundamentally change your relationship to your anxiety and distress? What if it wasn’t such a controlling force in your life?
Instead of running away from all the things that cause anxiety and fear, what if you could instead move purposefully towards all the things that make life full and meaningful. This is what my treatment approach is about.
I use the latest evidence-based approaches, thoughtfully employed to match your needs, strengths, and temperament. I employ a warm, empathetic, and collaborative approach, and together we will work to approach your struggles with curiosity and empowerment.
Through the practice of new habits and behaviors, you can bring meaningful change out of the therapy room and into your life. As such, we will work to set meaningful treatment goals, and then collaboratively develop ways to purposefully move towards these goals.
Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming, so please feel free to reach out with any questions. I’d be happy to discuss how I can help and to answer your questions about therapy.
I have extensive experience using cognitive-behavioral therapies to treat a range of psychological problems, with an emphasis on cultivating greater psychological flexibility, self-compassion, and overall well-being. I have specialized training in many evidence-based therapies, including traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). Click below to learn more about each of these evidence based approaches.
In addition to providing clinical services, I also teach and supervise doctoral level psychology students and provide clinical consultation and supervision to other professionals. If you wish to receive more extensive training in any of the below treatment interventions, please reach out to find out more.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) includes a wide range of empirically supported treatments. CBT is a collaborative, structured, and goal-oriented approach that helps individuals gain a better understanding of the interplay of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. It helps clients work through unhelpful thoughts patterns while also teaching new skills and coping strategies.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically supported treatment that focuses on helping individuals build a full, meaningful life based on one’s own values. It helps people to change their relationship with difficult thoughts and feelings, thereby decreasing suffering and promoting real, lasting change.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is particularly helpful when individuals experience high levels of self criticism and shame. Through this work, individuals get a better understanding of the unhelpful ways they respond to suffering with shame and blame, and learn to strengthen a compassion response, which has been shown to lead to less suffering and greater overall well-being.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment on purpose. By becoming attuned to our internal experience, we can observe what’s going on in our minds without getting carried away by it. Mindful practices can help us respond, not react, to our experiences, and thereby make more intentional, informed decisions that lead us to a more value-driven life.
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Treatment is not about repeating what “should” work, but about discovering what actually helps. In my work, I use the latest evidence-based techniques, thoughtfully employed to match your own personal needs, strengths, and temperament. I employ a warm, empathetic, and collaborative manner, and together we will work to approach your current struggles with curiosity and empowerment. Through the practice of new habits and behaviors, you can bring meaningful change out of the therapy room and into your own life. We will set meaningful treatment goals, and then collaboratively develop ways to purposefully move towards these goals. Click below to learn more about these key elements of treatment.