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Therapeutic Modalities

Treatment is tailored to meet your needs based on your overall goals and what is brought to the therapy space. 
I incorporate a variety of evidenced based practices into treatment, and together we work on what feels good and most effective for you. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 

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ACT is a treatment that focuses on helping clients accept their thoughts and feelings and to live in ways which are consistent with their values.  Anxiety is a normal human emotional experience, and in ACT, one learns to view their anxiety as not something that needs to be eliminated, negative or reduced, but that it is something that can be managed and distressing situations be tolerated as you learn to make the choices to act in ways that are consistent with their values, rather than using anxiety as an excuse for not participating fully in life.

ACT involves three core steps: 

1) Diffusion: distancing from, and letting go of, unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and memories

2) Acceptance: making room for painful feelings, urges and sensations, and allowing them to come and go without a struggle

3) Contact with the present moment: engaging fully with your here-and-now experience, with an attitude of openness and curiosity

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

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DBT is a treatment modality that incorporates four components of skills-based interventions: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.  The combination of learning these interventions can help with feelings of ungroundedness, high emotional arousal, emotional pain, and complex social interactions. 

DBT was developed as the gold-standard treatment of borderline personality disorder and has been used for various populations and clinical settings. 

DBT Skills are LIFE Skills -- meaning that these tools and skills can be applied to other areas of your life to help you be more effective in managing distress, emotion dysregulation, communicating with others, and feeling connected to the present moment. 

Traditionally, comprehensive DBT involves individual therapy, weekly DBT skills groups, consultation team, and phone coaching.

I offer individual therapy incorporating DBT practices as well as 1:1 DBT Skills training to supplement currently therapy. 

Prolonged Grief Treatment 

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PGDT (previously called Complicated Grief Treatment, or CGT) is a treatment intervention of short-term therapy to help process client's experience of prolonged/complicated grief, and to strengthen a grieving person's adaptive capacity to cope with loss.  This is a structured treatment over 16 weeks duration where clients are exposed to components of therapy to help them get to know grief, manage strong emotions, think about the future, rebuild strong relationships, think about the death, revisit reminders of the loss and access living memories. 

Prolonged Grief Disorder is a new diagnosis in the DSM-5 TR, and it is important to note that there are psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual components to one's grief and bereavement process. 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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CBT is a treatment modality that focuses on understanding the connection between thoughts, emotions, and actions/reactions to things activating events that are internal and external to you.

CBT was developed to help individuals identify core beliefs that are problematic prompt feelings, thoughts or behaviors that are not effective or unwanted and to replace these emotions, cognitions and responses with more effective ones.

The most notable component of CBT is understanding the connection between how changing just one aspect of the Thought-Feeling-Action/Reaction triangle can have a cascading impact on how one recognizes how automated cognitions are linked to core beliefs -- changing a belief starts from recognizing if they are accurate, or whether old beliefs can be changed with new and affirming ones. 

Emotionally Focused Therapy

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Attachment is an interpersonal theory that puts the person in the context of their closest relationships with others, and in view of the one who they form bonds with.  Bonding with others is viewed as the an essential survival strategy for human beings, and secure attachments develop when there is a sense of emotional safety, predictability, and an avenue for communicating needs- and having those needs met. 

EFT focuses on the active processing and regulation of emotion to create equilibrium and accompanying positive interpersonal emotional coregulation, flexible emotion regulation strategies that allow an individual to recover emotional balance when it is lost and deal constructively with vulnerability; develop a positive, view of the self, and built a repertoire of behaviors to elicit connection with others and to respond to the needs of others. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

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Also known as "traditional talk therapy," psychodynamic psychotherapy explores how past experiences impact how you feel, think, and respond in the present day. 

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is relational, humanistic, and involves creating a supportive and collaborative dynamic where a client and therapist can form a strong therapeutic alliance.  This relationship and collaboration can be a reparative experience in forming connections to past events and using this information to proceed more fully in their lives, relationships and endeavors.

The goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to:

(1) enhance a client’s self-awareness

(2) foster understanding of the client’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in relation to their past experiences, especially their experiences as a child.

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