I approach therapy from a holistic perspective. I work with you to understand everything about your situation, thoughts & behavior patterns.
Clinical Psychologist in Pleasanton, CA
CBT is at the core of my education, training, and clinical experience. I utilize multiple CBT tools to facilitate change.
Depression can be crippling and take living out of life. There are many ways to address it. For most people treatment includes a combination of interventions such as: changing thoughts, creating new routines that foster self confidence/self worth/self esteem, increasing support, help to stop doing habits that foster depression, recognizing past and current hurt/disappointment and learning how to manage it.
Trauma can make you want to avoid, or make you numb to the world. It effects relationships, performance at work, and can make us doubt who we are and what our purpose is. Treatment for trauma can look a lot of different ways. Sometimes the focus is on the here and now- learning how to manage symptoms that are tripping you up today. Sometimes the focus is on the beliefs that came out of the trauma, and how your current life is somehow continuing to foster them. Giving you control is the goal.
Anxiety can foster self-doubt, and shatter self-esteem & self-confidence. Many people self-medicate to sooth anxiety by avoiding situations, or using alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other behaviors that do work temporarily, but also lead to the belief that we can’t cope without them. Treatment includes learning how your brain works, as well as how to decrease your overall stress level. I focus on education and provide tools to help you control your experience.
CBT is great but doesn't solve everything. I have learned and practice many different styles of treatment. I think of them as parts in a tool box that I can pull out depending on what the patient presents with. I regularly utilize attachment theory, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic concepts, strategic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, and positive psychology.
Many of my patients complete treatment quickly because they respond well to solution focused brief therapy. It is goal directed, meaning I tell you what I see and teach you tools that change your experience. Sessions are collaborative. I frequently will provide feedback. Clear goals are established in the first session that are measurable. For example, maybe you would like to decrease anxiety and the measure is how many times you leave work situations due to symptoms.