Approach

Treatment Approach

My approach is integrative and collaborative. I employ goal-directed, evidence-based treatment modalities in an individualized way to best fit your needs.

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Reality Therapy (Choice Theory/Empowerment)
• Motivational Interviewing
• Humanistic Approach (Client Centered Therapy)
• Emotionally Focused
• Family Systems
• Attachment–Based
• The Gottman Method
• Self-Compassion Based Therapy
• Solution Focused Brief Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): psychotherapy treatment that is focused on the present. It is a goal-oriented, short-term, practical approach to problem solving. The focus is to change dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behavior that are causing a client’s difficulties, by replacing these patterns with adaptive, healthier ones, and by doing so changing the way the client feels.
  • Reality Therapy (Choice Theory/Empowerment): Present oriented, focused therapy that provides an explanation of motivation. A central aspect of Choice Theory is the belief that we are internally motivated and the notion that we always have a choice about how to behave. This means that we have more control than you might believe over our future and that we are responsible for the choices we make. The goal of Reality Therapy is to empower clients by helping them stay present and guiding them to create and achieve their own goals.
  • Motivational Interviewing: Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered approach for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by focusing on the language of change. (Reference: http://www.motivationalinterviewing.org/)
  • Humanistic Approach (Client Centered Therapy): This type of therapy is a nondirective, empathetic approach that empowers and motivates the client. The client is the expert and the role of the therapist is to guide and empower the client in the therapeutic process. The therapeutic relationship is the vehicle through which the client will experience growth. The goal of this type of therapy is to help the client develop a stronger and healthier sense of self, also called self-actualization.
  • Emotionally-Focused Therapy: a short-term (8–20 sessions) structured psychotherapy approach to working with couples and families.
  • Family Systems: The family systems theory (by Dr. Murray Bowen) suggests that families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals who cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family, as the family is an emotional unit.
  • Attachment–Based Family Therapy: the goal of Attachment–Based Family Therapy is to strengthen and repair parent-adolescent attachment bonds and improve family communication.
  • The Gottman Method: an evidence-based form of couples therapy that strives to assist couples in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships that ultimately leads to heightened intimacy and interpersonal growth.
  • Self-Compassion Based Therapy: Mindful self-compassion is the heart of emotional healing. It helps us to see more clearly the patterns of thinking that lead to dysfunction and teaches us to stay in the present, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future. By learning how to implement mindfulness and self-compassion in your daily life, you will learn how to heal yourself, accept yourself, and move past difficult emotions, such as fear, anger, sadness, shame, and self-doubt.
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy: a goal-directed, brief approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Typically involves only 3 to 5 sessions.