How I work...
My training and experience has included approaches to therapy that span a continuum. While these approaches are very different, they are not in opposition, and can be used to help anyone depending on what they are most wanting to change.
I am trained psychodynamically with an emphasis on the unconscious, deeper meanings, and long-term intrapsychic changes. This approach involves exploring the past to gain a greater understanding of the present.
While working in substance use and eating disorder treatment, I have used evidenced-based theories including CBT, DBT, and mindfulness-based neuroscience. These theories are based in present-day experience, often include setting measurable goals, and are helpful for gaining awareness of thought patterns and making behavioral changes.
I also incorporate some existential theory, which is focused on finding meaning in life, deciding what is important, gaining autonomy and a solid sense of identity, and living life in a way that brings peace.
Because not everyone who seeks therapy will have a single issue they are addressing, but rather multiple, overlapping situations that will change over time, the approach I take will often change, but it will always be based in empathetic listening and mindful awareness.