- Individuals and Couples
- Depression and Anxiety
- Intimacy and Loneliness
- Family of Origin
- Personal Growth
- Weight and Body Image
- Grief and Bereavement
My approach to psychotherapy is best described as eclectic. This means that I draw from a range of psychological and behavioral theories, tailoring my approach to the unique needs of each individual client. More specifically, I synthesize aspects of the following approaches as needed:
- Psychodynamic theory: This approach looks at how early experiences affect current feelings about oneself (e.g., self-esteem) and current relationships. Oftentimes when a client feels caught in repetitive thought and behavioral patterns that do not facilitate growth and joy, it is useful to explore how she/he has made sense of early life experiences.
A related key psychodynamic construct is the ‘unconscious.‘ The unconscious refers to aspects of the self that are not available to awareness. One curative aspect of psychotherapy is making the unconscious conscious, for this enables clients to better know themselves and to better understand and manage the internal forces that affect feelings and behavior.
- Cognitive-behavioral theory: This approach is very useful when clients need tools and strategies to interrupt negative thought patterns and behaviors. Cognitive therapy includes looking at one‘s internal dialogue, seeing where thought patterns may be self-defeating, and shifting these patterns to more optimal and self-nurturing ways of thinking.
- Mind-body techniques: It is often very helpful in psychotherapy to provide behavioral tools that enable clients to better manage stress and experience a greater sense of well-being. The mind-body approach utilizes various relaxation techniques such as meditation, visualization, and even simple breathing exercises that can be done in the car!
- Attachment theory: This approach considers the quality of one‘s current intimate relationships and explores how emotionally secure one felt in early relationships with parents. Attachment theory provides a useful framework for psychotherapy because it can pinpoint vulnerabilities in relation to self and others and help clients gain insight into dysfunctional patterns of relating.
Attachment theory‘s emphasis on the importance of secure relationships is relevant to psychotherapy as well, since establishment of a trusting and secure connection between client and therapist is the necessary foundation for successful psychotherapy.