I am a psychologist who specializes in helping people adjust to life's stressors, overcome insomnia, and be more present in their lives.
Psychologist in Newton, MA
I have expertise in using cognitive behavioral therapy to help people cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. I will help you identify your negative cognitions and how they impact your feelings and behaviors. We will then work together to change those thoughts and behaviors to help you feel better. I also often incorporate mindfulness to help you find a calm sense of being in the midst of stress.
I have extensive training and expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). This is considered the best treatment for insomnia and is highly effective. I will work with you determine what is contributing to your insomnia and then to change your behaviors to improve your sleep. We will work together to identify and address anything contributing to insomnia, such as anxiety.
I have expertise in behavioral medicine so I work with people living with chronic pain and chronic illness. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy for pain which is considered one of the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain. Pain is real but I can help you find a way to improve your quality of life while living with pain. Similarly, living with a chronic illness, like cancer, can be difficult and I will help you find ways to live your best life while dealing with your illness.
I received training in motivational interviewing (MI) and while working at the VA. I have spent the last several years of my career teaching other people in the medical field how to use MI effectively. Anytime someone is making a change, it is normal to feel some amount of ambivalence or resistance. MI is a person-centered way to help someone overcome those feelings to make changes in the best interest of their health and wellbeing.
I received extensive training in CBT throughout my graduate school and post-graduate residency. I have learned how to apply this technique to a wide range of populations and presentations, including depression, anxiety, chronic pain, insomnia, weight management, and smoking cessation. I have utilized CBT for over a decade now.
After training and working in CBT for many years, I took additional training courses in ACT. I found myself drawn to the idea that identifying and living up to one's values can lead to a more fulfilling life experience. I appreciate the thoughtful and experiential nature of ACT and find it is particularly helpful for people dealing with anxiety, depression, or relationship stress.