Treatment Approach and Techniques
When we first meet I will discuss with you which treatment approach will be best suited to your needs. If you have a strong interest in a particular treatment method, please let me know. Frequently, the best treatment approach combines a variety of techniques.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is one of the best-researched, most effective psychotherapy treatments for a wide range of issues. CBT has been proven highly effective for depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, addictions, and other issues.
The premise of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is that thoughts influence feelings and behaviors; behaviors influence feelings and thoughts; and feelings influence thoughts and behaviors. Changing thoughts and behaviors can change how you feel!
Using CBT, I will help you identify what thoughts and behaviors are contributing to your undesirable feelings (despair, hopelessness, worry, etc). We will jointly decide which thoughts and behaviors to target for change and we will help you learn how to change them.
EMDR is another one of the best researched, most effective psychotherapy treatments for a wide range of issues, including trauma, panic attacks, and reducing stress.
For a full description of EMDR, please see our EMDR page.
I am an Approved EMDR Consultant, and I find EMDR to be an incredible tool to help clients get “unstuck.”
Mindfulness and Meditation
Extensive research has shown Mindfulness Meditation to be highly effective for anxiety reduction, relapse prevention (for depression and addiction) and stress reduction. Research also documents excellent physical health and emotional health benefits from mindfulness and meditation.
I weave mindfulness and meditation concepts into my therapy sessions. However, if you do not know how to meditate, it is much easier and less expensive to learn it via a course, online or at a meditation center near you. I am currently in the process of developing online courses, which will be an effective, low-cost compliment to in-person therapy. Awaken Joy Online Courses