Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the model that thoughts, feelings, and behaviors feed off of one another, change one and the others change. Clients who learn to see things differently are able to change their thoughts, which changes their feelings and behaviors in that situation. CBT can be useful to change longstanding patterns of behavior.
I have been studying and practicing mindfulness for 8 years. Mindfulness is not just meditation; it is a means of being in the present moments and making choices mindfully rather than mindlessly. I teach clients how to meditate as well as how to get out of their head and into the present moment. By using these practices, clients are able to reduce their anxiety and depressive symptoms as well as to improve their relationships.
Do you wish that you were better understood? Do you need help finding your voice? Do you struggle to communicate without getting defensive or offensive? I help individuals and couples learn to listen to each other and to communicate in a more effective manner to help them feel more connected.
Everyone has relationships, be it with their parent, their sibling, their friends, coworkers, or intimate partner. We all have different personalities, developmental histories, and triggers. It is common to start blaming the other's behavior on the difficulties in the relationship. I help my clients to see their part in the relationship, to change their reactions, and to learn to communicate in a less emotional and more assertive manner.
It is said that depression is thinking too much about the past. I work with my clients to learn to accept the past and let it go and to embrace the present so that they can live more joyfully. I help them to see all of the things for which they can be grateful.
Anxiety is evolutionarily adaptive as it keeps us safe from harm. However, in our modern society, many of us struggle with too much anxiety that is affecting their ability to enjoy their lives. I help anxious clients to reduce their anxiety and their negative thoughts about the future and embrace the present moment.