Psychologist for 30 yrs, open minded professional with varied experience, enjoy a collaborative relationship with clients to address issues.
Psychologist in Falling Waters, WV
Relationships are fundamental to our contentment and happiness in life. They also have a strong impact on how we feel about ourselves. Thus, they deserve to be treated as one of the most important areas of life. Too often we get on "auto pilot" and do not attend to issues, patterns, or feelings that develop in our relationships. Together we look at issues with the focus that the problems belong to the relationship, avoiding blame which is not helpful and working to promote harmony.
There are many kinds and causes of depression. Many can be traced back to the perspective that one has of themself in the world. Others are related to people who are stuck in patterns that might leave anyone depressed. Understanding the depression is the first step in figuring out how to approach treatment.
Similar to what I wrote about depression, anxiety takes many forms and has many causes. Some are worry habits and some are reality based. Some people are aware of the trigger and others are not. Once again treatment is tailored to your particular issues and how to help you find relieve from difficult and painful anxiety.
Marital therapy identifies the marriage as the patient and that both parties are there to work on improving the marriage in whatever ways are needed. They collaborate to improve communication and identify problematic issues. Have also worked on healing past wounds so that they can proceed toward a more fulfilling relationship.
DBT is extremely effective for some problems and I have practiced it extensively in groups and individually and taught it to many clinical staff. It is a complicated treatment and if you are interested please call for a brief discussion about what it involves and whether it will meet your needs.
CBT is incorporated in to much of what I do and I also practice the newer relatives to CBT such as ACT and DBT all used with Mindfulness as a core concept. My approach is based on the specific issues of the client, not usually from a workbook or handout. As always, the relationship is the most important element of any successful therapy and it is a collaborative process.