I believe that therapy is for everyone. We all benefit from increased self awareness, and the ability to shed what no longer serves us.
Clinical Social Worker in Gaithersburg, MD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is based in the idea that our thoughts lead to our feelings, which lead to our actions. Through reflection and mindfulness, we can gain an awareness of what our inner thoughts and feelings actually are. Usually we are quite aware of what our problematic actions are, such as: frequent arguments, risk taking, addictive behavior, etc. Once we can recognize our thoughts and feelings and change those, our actions follow.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy consists of four specific modules, which are: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotional regulation. The tools provided in DBT each fall into one of those specific modules. While these skills can be helpful for anyone, this therapy can be especially helpful for those with child attachment related challenges, post traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders.
Play therapy is designed to help children process their thoughts and feelings through interactive play, rather than verbally. Theories such as: object-relations, attachment, psycho dynamic, gestalt, etc. may be applicable. The play can be either directive or non-directive, or a mix of both. Play therapy can include materials such as: toys, art supplies, music, movement, and books.
I have advanced post graduate training in the areas of: academic issues, peer conflict, abuse, family dynamics, bullying, cyber bullying, screen/phone addiction, and other challenges that children face today. I can also provide letters to help implement 504 plans and Individualized Education Plans.
I have advanced post graduate training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Both of these modalities emphasize identifying the thoughts and feelings that cause feelings of anxiety, as well as methods to change them. I also help clients explore the mind/body connection to help increase awareness over-all.
I am a "trauma informed" therapist and I have post graduate training in specific modalities aimed to successfully treat trauma. I help clients process traumatic memories as well as gain an understanding of their "fight, flight, freeze, submit, and/or attach," responses to situations, and how to reduce or eliminate them.