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Counselor in Portland, OR
I'll help you build awareness of thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviors, and how they are connected to one another. We'll talk about how our brains are amazing threat detectors, which is why it makes so much sense for you to feel and act as you do, especially given your personal history and current contexts. We'll practice skills that can help you expand your comfort zone, and identify your core values - the guiding lights that make all this worthwhile.
Most of us have goals or values that take work. Sometimes the work feels frightening or painful, leading to avoidance. It's natural to wish to avoid pain, but that can create more problems for us long-term. In order to have a life worth living, we must confront our fears. In a safe environment and with incremental steps, exposure to our fears can reduce discomfort and avoidance over time.
I view therapy as a voyage of discovery, with you as the captain. My role is to support you, as you navigate the sometimes tempestuous seas of life. The outcome of your treatment depends largely on your willingness to engage in the therapeutic process. I can promise to support you and do my very best to understand you and the patterns that show up in your life, as well as to help you clarify what it is that you want for yourself.
It is said that "we don't see things as they are; we see them as we are." We each have a certain lens through which we see the world, which creates perceptions that may not always be accurate or helpful. CBT teaches us the skills to identify our feelings and thoughts, and connect them to destructive behavior patterns. When we have the whole picture, it becomes easier to change our perceptions, and in turn our experiences.
I am trained in Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, which has demonstrated success in reducing symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. During and after sessions, you will participate in "exposures" designed to generate distress - yes, on purpose! - while simultaneously avoiding any "compulsions" or "rituals" that you might typically use to try to reduce discomfort. By doing so, you will learn that you CAN tolerate distressing experiences, and teach OCD that it's not the boss of you.