My work with patients is informed by the following therapeutic approaches and fields of study:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
How we think and act in any given situation has great influence over how we experience ourselves and life. We do not often know this and believe instead that how we perceive things is how they actually are and that our behavior is fixed. If we can alter some of the most basic ways we behave, we can have a very different experience of reality. This approach to therapy allows a person to learn specific skills to alter natural and repetitive patterns of behavior in the present moment, where radical change is possible.
Solution-Focused or Brief Therapy
This approach to treatment is goal oriented, using therapy as a way to reach solutions rather than as a focus for symptoms or issues. Relief is generally practical and can come quickly, often guided by a person’s own previous experience with positive outcomes. When a person comes to realize they have already been responsible for successful choices and behaviors, new options for resolution can emerge that may have previously been unconsidered. Because solutions are already within the person’s realm of experience, repeating these successful behaviors feels natural.
This psychological perspective encourages viewing ourselves as a “whole person” greater than the sum of our parts. It values self exploration, asserts that spiritual aspiration is a vital part of our psyches and maintains that human beings have a remarkable capacity for self-healing. In particular, this view encourages a stance from the therapist which includes deep and genuine caring, authentic relating and a relationship to the patient’s feelings and experience as if her or his own.
This field of human study focuses on the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Its premise is founded on the belief that people want to live meaningful lives, develop what is best within them and enhance their experiences of functioning in the world.