I work three different ways in my practice, depending on your particular needs. Depending on each client, it is not uncommon to integrate some of the methods below:
Using psychodynamic therapy, I will help you see patterns and dynamics in earlier relationships (family or origin) and how these dynamics may present themselves in some of your current relationships. This is a helpful method to break old patterns and starts the healing process. Some of these patterns may even present themselves in the therapeutic relationship (the here and now) and this is another helpful manner of technique that can help you identify how certain thoughts and/or behaviors may affect your feelings of happiness or sense of well-being. This type of work is typically long-term work.
CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy)
Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, I will help you recognize and record both thoughts and behaviors that leave you feeling unhappy, anxious, stuck, and frustrated. This method typically involves being assigned homework that we will discuss during the following session. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps you recognize old thoughts and behaviors that might have worked for you at one point in your life, but do not necessarily work for you in your current life. This type of work is typically shorter-term work, but my clients also benefit from longer-term work.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
I am trained in EMDR, a well-studied treatment for anxiety, stressful situations, and various experiences of trauma. EMDR is a therapeutic method that helps people process and resolve a difficult event in one's life. Traumas can be "small" or large, but even the small traumas can affect our lives in ways that make us unhappy. Once we have established a good, working therapeutic relationship, we can start to set up your EMDR session which involves a few detailed, specific questions. I will work closely with you to determine if EMDR may be a helpful method for you to utilize in your sessions.