To me, CBT captures the essence of change. It is a recognition that our experiences are shaped by our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviors, and that by changing any one of these elements, all three are changed together. It gives us the flexibility to target interventions in a number of ways to help relieve distress and suffering. I have witnessed clients realize significant change in their lives by applying its principles. CBT is the most researched and evidence-support therapy approach.
Exposure Therapy (ET) is at its core an opportunity to discover new things about oneself and the world around you. ET has been demonstrated effective for many conditions, including phobias, social phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I have over 15 years of experience practicing, researching, and training other professionals in exposure therapies, especially Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD. I believe in it. And I believe in you.
Everyone has asked themselves at one time or another how they can live a meaningful, fulfilling life consistent with their values amidst all the difficulties and emotional pain they have. ACT is based on the notion that a meaningful life can be had NOW through dealing with pain, not after pain is past or defeated. ACT recognizes that suffering is willful insistence that we have no pain. When we accept and deal with our pain, we can move toward a life of purpose and value.
Anxiety is a good thing when it is working properly. It helps us recognize danger, deal with threats effectively, and survive. But sometimes anxiety gets activated at times that aren't useful, and instead of helping, it interferes with our normal day to day lives. If you are dealing with anxiety the good news is that there are effective approaches to help you re-calibrate that anxiety and make it work for you again. Let's talk and find out how we can work together to help you get there.
Depression is not your fault. Regardless of whether it seems that depression has resulted from difficult life circumstance, unfortunate choices, or just out of the blue, you can recover. Together we can work to understand the patterns that keep you stuck and what it will take to move forward with purpose toward your values and goals. This may include identifying patterns of thinking or behavior that keep you stuck, and learning new patterns that are consistent with who you want to be.
Trauma can happen to anyone, and anyone can struggle with the after-effects of trauma. From assault, combat, accidents, natural disasters, or other experiences, trauma can leave one feeling unable to cope with what feels like an extremely dangerous and unpredictable world. I draw on years of experience working with clients with all kinds of trauma to develop a personal, customized treatment plan, utilizing the proven principles of exposure and response prevention. You can get your life back!