Psychotherapy is essentially a process that helps people get “unstuck.” In the privacy of the therapy office, one has the opportunity to cultivate insight and increase self-awareness, in return gaining a better understanding of their own behavior and the issues, feelings and events that motivate them in both positive and negative ways.
The most useful benefit of therapy is often an improvement in overall health and wellbeing. This often translates in to increased self-confidence, productivity and a greater since of vitality and peace of mind.
Therapeutic methods that I utilize:
Interpersonal approaches emphasize identifying and understanding self-defeating patterns in relationships, figuring out why a particular situation is happening in a particular context, changing patterns that don’t work and developing healthier ones. In this approach, relationships and the here-and-now are the focus.
CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy):
Cognitive-behavioral approaches emphasize learning to recognize and change maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors, improve how feelings and worries are handled, and break the cycle of dysfunctional habitual behaviors. This perspective helps people see the connection between how they think, what they tell themselves, and the feelings and actions that follow.
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy):
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships. DBT theory suggests that some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.
People who are sometimes diagnosed with borderline personality disorder experience extreme swings in their emotions, see the world in black-and-white shades, and seem to always be jumping from one crisis to another. Because few people understand such reactions — most of all their own family and a childhood that emphasized invalidation — they don’t have any methods for coping with these sudden, intense surges of emotion. DBT is a method for teaching skills that will help in this task.