I use a collaborative approach, which means I listen to you, hear what it is you want to gain from therapy and what you would like to change, and then together we come up with a treatment plan as well as short and long-term goals. I am clinically trained in applying evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)-informed treatment, Solution Focused Therapy, and have completed my Level 2 training for The Gottman Method Couples Therapy, all while using a mindfulness-based approach.
Using mindfulness to get unstuck. The mind is a powerful tool and can trigger intense pleasure and, at other times, intense pain. The idea of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is to not change these feelings, but learn to identify, accept, and tolerate both positive and negative emotions from a non-judgmental stance. Through this process, we can change what we do have control over (our actions and our thoughts) and let go and accept what we do not have control over.
It is quite amazing the way the mind can time travel. Our minds can look into the past, and look towards the future, all the while our bodies are still living life in the present. When we get stuck in the past, with the "shoulda, woulda, couldas", this can lead to symptoms of depression. When our minds get stuck in the future, (often in the "I have to's" and "what if's") this can lead to symptoms of anxiety. Learning to be more present (by using the past to learn from rather than as source of pain and guilt, and by using the future to set goals rather than as a source of anxiety), we can feel more at peace and fulfilled. Becoming more connected to the present can lead to a greater sense of peace, an improvement in sleep, an improvement in memory, an improvement in our relationships, and so on... I try to weave these ideas of mindfulness within my therapeutic process. Please click on the links below to learn more about mindfulness.