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MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
Every therapist has their own style from which they approach the treatment process. My therapeutic stance is warm, empathetic and extremely supportive. I practice from a trauma-informed perspective, understanding that clients often carry with them a history of traumatic experiences. Therefore, I naturally bring my innate gentleness, compassion, kindness, authenticity and patience into my work.
Furthermore, I believe that therapy is a collaborative process. While I have training in clinical techniques, clients are the experts of their own lives and histories. In therapy, we utilize each other's expertise to collectively work as partners, assisting you in better understanding yourself and improving your overall life. Rather than simply prescribing a solution, when I work with an individual, the client actively participates in exploring and determining which strategies he or she would like to practice incorporating into his or her life.
Additionally, my therapeutic style is highly individualized. In other words, I never use a “one-size-fits-all” strategy. Rather, I tailor my approach to fit your unique needs and presenting problems. When requested and deemed beneficial, and with the client’s written permission, I can also collaborate with other care professionals and individuals that frequently interact with my clients. This can include-- but is not limited to-- interacting with psychiatrists, school counselors, dieticians, primary care doctors, and parents and/or other family members. Sometimes this type of optional collaboration can assist clients in reaching their therapy goals more efficiently and comprehensively.
It is important to mention that I approach all my work from an evidence-based perspective, utilizing treatment techniques that have been rigorously researched and proven to work. Some types of therapy that inform my work are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. CBT involves helping clients change their thinking and behavioral habits; ultimately, this helps clients feel better emotionally and can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy assists clients in building a rich, meaningful and fulfilling life by teaching clients concrete and practical coping strategies geared at improving relationships and developing mindfulness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance skills. As its name reflects, Solution-Focused Therapy primarily helps a client find concrete answers and solutions to their problems. If you are interested in learning more about different approaches that I utilize to guide my therapy work please feel free to contact me via e-mail or phone for more information.
Overall, I believe therapy is about striking a balance between understanding and accepting one’s self, and changing, growing and evolving one’s self. If you choose me as your therapist, we will tap into your innate strengths and utilize them to help you thrive and build a fulfilling, meaningful life. I am extremely passionate about what I do and am highly committed to helping those I work with find peace, happiness and joy.
Therapeutic Approach: Credentials
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