Therapy

Mental health problems can be caused by a combination of factors such as genetic predispositions, bio-chemical imbalances, and past or present environmental stressors. My therapeutic approach is tailored to meet your needs and a treatment plan is formulated on an individual basis.

My therapeutic work is grounded in MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), IPT (Interpersonal Therapy), and Attachment Theory.

MBCT uses traditional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methods and adds additional strategies associated with mindfulness skills and mindful meditation. The basic premise of CBT is that dysfunctional ways of thinking can cause or exacerbate dysfunctional emotions and behaviors. Cognitive interventions identify specific automatic negative thoughts and maladaptive beliefs. Behavioral interventions are used to assist in testing and challenging cognitive distortions.

Mindfulness skills help develop a greater awareness of incoming thoughts and feelings and provide a way to relate to them without attaching or reacting to them in dysfunctional habitual ways. The practice of mindfulness also promotes the ability to be more present and engaged in life. Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of mindful meditation for physical and emotional health.

IPT is based on the assumption that psychiatric problems such as depression can have multiple causes. However, these problems usually occur in a social and interpersonal context. For example, when a marriage breaks up or a job is lost or a loved one dies, distressing symptoms may develop. In IPT, the patient learns to understand the relationship between these symptoms and the events that are linked to them and find better ways of coping.

Attachment Theory is essentially about the trauma of isolation and loss. It describes and explains the trauma of deprivation, rejection and abandonment by those we need the most. It focuses on patterns of how we form close connections with others and how we communicate our attachment needs. Research on adult attachment has demonstrated that secure relationships show higher levels of intimacy, trust and satisfaction. Therapy is designed to assist in the formation of more secure attachments.

My areas of clinical experience include the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Anger management
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Depression
  • Grief/loss
  • Marital counseling
  • Panic disorders
  • Parenting skills
  • Postpartum issues
  • Separation/divorce
  • Stress management
  • Sleep problems

If you are interested in therapy, please give me a call. I will talk with you personally and help you determine if I am the right therapist for you.

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