Therapeutic Approaches

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a structured and goal-oriented approach that is based on the premise that our thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors. It is not the situation that causes us distress, but our thoughts about the situation. CBT involves identifying and changing biases and distortions in our thinking styles that reinforce negative feelings and behaviors. If you can change the way you think, then changes in your emotions and behaviors will follow. Learn more about CBT.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the '80's. It is a structured type of cognitive-behavioral therapy with blended elements of mindfulness philosophy to increase acceptance and reduce suffering. In DBT, the "dialectics" represents the belief that "there is truth to all sides" or "walking the middle pat.” The motto of DBT is for everyone to experience "a life worth living.” DBT is delivered in two ways: weekly individual therapy and skills groups. Skills topics are comprehensive and address quality of life issues such as interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and with mindfulness elements woven throughout. Learn more about DBT

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, is rooted in psychoanalysis and aims to increase self-awareness about one’s past and how it influences present behavior. Psychodynamic Therapy includes self-reflection and examination, exploration of the dynamics of one’s family of origin, and the use of the relationship between the therapist and the client to gain insight into relationship patterns in the client's life. 

Mindfulness-based Techniques

Mindfulness involves awareness and non-judgemental acceptance of our thoughts and feelings in the present moment.  Mindfulness can be an important tool for stress-management and relaxation, as well as aiding in emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

Specialties

Relationships

Marriage counseling; separation, divorce, and breakups; same-sex couples; partner communication skills; and parenting skills.

Children & Adolescents

Academic underachievement, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and autism spectrum disorders.

Work Performance

Work-life balance; boss and peer communication; anger management; and procrastination and motivation.

Anxiety & Depression

Social and general anxiety; stress management; situational, clinical, and postpartum depression; bipolar disorder; grief and bereavement; and physical illness coping.

Trauma

Abuse and neglect; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); domestic violence; and trauma recovery.

Eating Disorders & Body Image

Anorexia; bullimia; binge eating disorder; emotional eating; body dysmorphia; body image struggles.