My approach to therapy is to show unconditional positive regard for the individuals I work with, exhibit empathy for their distress and challenges, and to be a genuine person. I make frequent use of one or more of these forms of therapy, tailored to the needs of each client:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach based on the premise that distorted or dysfunctional thinking influences a person’s mood or behavior. The goal of CBT is for the therapist to work collaboratively with the client to identify these distorted thoughts, marshal evidence to refute them, and adopt more accurate and reasoned thoughts in their place. An abundance of research has demonstrated the effectiveness of CBT for treating a wide variety of psychological and behavioral issues.
Person-centered Therapy is a therapeutic approach based on the idea that every individual has an innate tendency toward healthy personal growth. Sometimes this inclination toward “self-actualization” can be blocked by choices or experiences that result in the client adopting a way of life that is not satisfying or fulfilling. The goal of person-centered therapy is to collaborate with the client so that they can become the “architect” of their life – a life that is true to their genuine self.
Mindfulness Meditation techniques can be incorporated into many forms of therapy. The client is taught to become more aware of their immediate experience in a non-judgmental way. Many studies show that mindfulness meditation can reduce anxiety, depression, help manage pain, and improve the quality of life.