I incorporate a variety of approaches and work creatively to find solutions that are best for you:
✴Body-Mind and Mind-Body approaches: Through these approaches you learn behavioral tools such as relaxation techniques, meditation, visualization, healing through music, and simple breathing exercises that help you to better manage stress in everyday life and experience a greater sense of well-being.
✴Cognitive-behavioral theory: Cognitive therapy includes looking at one‘s internal dialogue, seeing where thought patterns may be self-defeating. Shifting these patterns to more optimal and self-nurturing ways of thinking leads to more balanced mood and behavioral success. CBT has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of depression, excessive worry, social anxiety, perfectionism, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, etc.
✴Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This is a type of behavioral therapy that is intended to compassionately help people move toward having a life that feels even more meaningful and worth living. DBT targets the issues that cause distress and teaches skills to replace self-defeating behaviors with more effective behaviors. DBT is helpful in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, and it’s effective in managing self-injurious and impulsive behaviors, anger outbursts and abrupt relationship dynamics. To learn more visit: http://www.cdcbt.com/dialectical.html
✴Expressive Therapy Techniques: These techniques help you examine feelings and thought processes through creative expression and tapping into the imagination. This means using creative arts (writing, drawing, movement or music) as a form of therapy. Unlike traditional art expression, the emphasis is on the process of creation rather than the final product. Expressive therapy techniques can be very helpful in expressing and exploring feelings and experiences that would be difficult or at times impossible to express in words.
✴Internal Family Systems (IFS): This approach brings systems thinking and
family therapy technique to clients’ inner systems. It helps people to access a core of innate resources called the Self. By seeing the world and their own aspects through the curiosity, compassion and clarity of the Self, people begin to relate differently to their internal parts (i.e. fears, memories, beliefs) and others around them. As changes occur parallel at all levels of the human system, people experience that both their parts inside and their external relationships heal and transform. To learn more visit SelfLeadership.org.
✴Psychodrama: Psychodrama is the mother of group therapy, however some psychodrama tools can be utilized and adjusted to individual sessions. It is an action oriented technique that engages both the body and the mind. Rather then talking about issues and problems, you are invited to enact past, present and future internal dynamics from your life in a safe, creative and at times symbolic manner, in the here-and-now. With the guidance of an experienced psychotherapist you can free yourself from past stereotypes and develop and practice new ways of approaching life.
✴Psychodynamic theory: This approach helps you to look at how early experiences affect your current feelings about yourself (e.g., self-esteem) and current relationships. Many of these early experiences and memories are unconscious. However they can be brought to awareness through observing behavioral patterns in one’s present life, in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship, or in the here-and-now dynamics of therapy groups. With the help of a supportive and skilled therapist you learn to understand and manage these feelings, and develop more effective behaviors and healthy and fulfilling relationships.