My style of psychotherapy is mostly talk therapy. Talk therapy is a specialized conversation with a professional who listens very deeply to you, asks exploratory questions, and guides you to find ways to think and act differently. I may use experiential exercises like deep breathing and prompting you to notice your emotions. I develop customized homework assignments to make sure you have opportunities to apply the benefits of therapy to your day-to-day life.
The primary therapy I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It’s based on the idea that you can acknowledge your situation and take action toward the life that you want, based on your values and beliefs. In therapy, we focus mainly on you and your life right now. This allows us to look at the past, present, and future with a clear focus and perspective.
I also use concepts and techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a therapy that is well-known for building four types of skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The term mindfulness has grown in popularity. I use the term mindfulness in a clinical way, as a set of skills and behaviors. Practicing mindfulness helps you observe what's happening in the present moment, without getting tangled up in unwanted thoughts, feelings, emotions, urges, and sensations. Being mindful helps you see things as they are, not as you wish they were, or wish they weren't. A good way to describe mindfulness is that it's the opposite of mindlessness. I take great care to explore whether using mindfulness techniques aligns with your personal and spiritual beliefs.
Since I combine multiple types of therapy, I am an integrative therapist. Integrative Therapy means that I use a variety of clinical techniques and theories, based on my training, education, and experience. I am also trauma-informed, which means that I am sensitive to the impact of psychological trauma and adverse childhood experiences. I would be happy to explain more about each therapy and how I integrate them as appropriate. All humans, and most problems, are complex, so I tailor my work with each client.