Alaina is an experienced therapist who is passionate about treating teens and adults struggling with a variety of issues.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Skokie, IL
Are you suffering from phobias or OCD? If so, ERP is where you want to start. To treat our fears, we need to face them. In ERP, we work with you to voluntarily confront difficult situations and the feelings they elicit, helping you to eventually feel less overwhelmed in these scenarios.
ACT is a behavioral therapy that focuses on changing one’s relationship with their inner experience. Wouldn’t it be nice to experience a strong feeling and truly believe that you have the strength to experience it? To aid in this process, ACT interventions draw on mindfulness and related tools and skills to help one learn to “watch” their thoughts and feelings before reacting to them. Behaviorally, ACT helps individuals identify their personal values and evaluate their behaviors.
CBT focuses on helping individuals become aware of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, understand how they are connected, and work to interrupt unhelpful cycles. We evaluate the source of these cycles and the underlying “core beliefs” (e.g. I’m not good enough, not worthy, not likable, helpless, etc.). Clients walk away from CBT with a healthier relationship with themselves, a heightened awareness of how they relate to their inner experience, and more freedom to choose adaptive behaviors.