How did I get here? life is a state of constant change, one day things can be feeling like things are in the going in the right direction, the next day we may feel lost or faceing a major road block. People often have a misperception about what "therapy" really is. When I think about therapy I think about two major groups of therapy. First is a supportive approach where the client drives the bus completely and is free to spend their session talking/venting and expressing them selves. Second group is structured evidenced based intervention where the therapist is an active equal participant in the process. This means we may guide conversation to explore certain avenues, we may give feedback, try to gain a deep understanding of what you are saying and the variables that contribute to your thoughts, feelings, urges and actions. The second approach is desinged to specifically treat illness and stressors and the goal is to move forward with structure, predictability and strategies to target the areas of your life that you identify as being ready to change. For me, I use the second approach. I feel deeply passionate about the fact that if people are showing up ready to let another human into their experiences the goal is results and change and structured therapy session with specific treatment apporaiches is the way to target that.
I use three main approaches (click on buttons below for further details on each) step one is to get a good understanding of symptoms and what is bringing the individual to therapy. Step two is to undertand typical ways an individual copes with feelings, stress, and the relationship they have with their internal experiences. Step three is exploring personal beliefs in ways to approach life and how their mind typically works. All models are evidenced based with decades or research supporting the usefulness of the interventions. I tpically will recommend which I think may be the best approach, exploring pros and cons of each and allow the individual to choose which approach is the best fit. Just like life is fluid and changing therapy should ebb and flow to math that. The models below all have commanilities and end point is largely the same, it the ways we get tehre that may be different. Therapy is a joint partnership between therapist and clients an the feedback about pace, my approach and strategies are curucial to the process.
Health Issues I work with:
Borderline Personality Disorder
Somatic Symptom Disorder
Models of Therapy:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy