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 life. Yet, we often believe that things are just the way they are. Our thoughts seem fixed, real or correct and our behavior, necessary or expected. What if our thoughts and behavior were choices, though? If we could alter some of the most basic ways we operate, we might start to see things differently. This approach to therapy allows us to learn specific skills that alter our natural and repetitive patterns in the moment they arise, where radical change can take hold.
Solution-Focused or Brief Therapy
This approach to treatment is goal oriented, using therapy as a way to reach solutions rather than focus on symptoms or issues. Relief comes in practical choices or decisions, often quickly, and is usually guided by a growing awareness of our past effectiveness. Coming to realize we have already been successful, we start to see ways to get there again. Also, because meaningful solutions are already within us, repeating them starts to feel natural and familiar.
This psychological perspective encourages viewing ourselves as a “whole” greater than the sum of our parts. It values self-exploration and says that human beings have a remarkable capacity for self-healing. Therapists are encouraged to care in deep and genuine ways, act authentically, and relate to our patients’ feelings and experience as if they were our own.
This field of human study focuses on how our strengths can lead us to thrive. Its main premise is that we all want to live meaningful lives, develop what’s best within us and optimize our experience.