I am committed to creating non-judgmental, warm, and respectful therapeutic relationships. My treatment approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), emotionally focused couple therapy, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, and energy psychology. I appreciate that every person has unique needs and preferences and I incorporate elements from a variety of therapies into my practice.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is oriented toward solving problems by changing unhelpful thinking and behavior. CBT is based on the assumption that our thoughts, emotions, and behavior are interconnected. Negative thinking affects our mood, sense of self, and decision making. By identifying and changing unhelpful thinking habits people are able to stabilize their mood and reach their life goals. CBT is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety, depression, anger issues, and low self-esteem.
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is one of few approaches that helps couples to renew feelings of love, build trust, and create secure bond between partners. In Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy partners can learn to respond to each other in a loving and constructive way and resolve conflict while being emotionally open and available to each other. For more information about Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy visit ICEEFT webcite and New England Center for EFT.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive Arts Therapy uses art making and other forms of artistic expression to help people to express their feelings and ideas through pictures, shapes, sounds, and movement. A person does not require artistic ability or previous experience to use or benefit from this treatment approach. It has been shown that expressive arts therapy can enhance one’s overall well-being and self-awareness, and aid in emotional conflicts, depression, anxiety problems, and trauma symptoms.
Mindfulness based approaches are designed to help people develop a non-judgmental attitude toward life situations and focus one’s attention on the present experience. Mindfulness techniques, including meditation and focused breathing, are aimed at relieving the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and behavior problems by learning to experience emotions and feelings in more balanced way.
Energy Psychology and Bio-Energy Therapy
Energy psychology is based on the theory that changes in emotional and physical health are correlated with changes in the body’s energy systems. Energy psychology techniques often involve stimulation of the points on the body also targeted in acupuncture through tapping, pressure, and biofeedback. This process is intended to send signals to the brain to regulate emotions and to facilitate natural healing processes in the body. Emotional Freedom Technique, one of the energy psychology techniques, and Reiki, bio-energy therapy, can be combined with other treatment approaches.