Theoretical Approaches

My practice has shown me over the years what I had suspected most of my life: that we are all unique and that a "cookie cutter" approach is not effective. I therefore view myself as eclectic, and employ a variety of therapies and approaches, including:


EMDR

I am pleased to be able to offer my patients the option of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As an EMDRIA certified therapist, I am able to go beyond talk therapy by offering this powerful psychotherapy approach. While this neurologically based therapy was originally focused on assisting victims of trauma, its effectiveness goes well beyond trauma. Through the use of bi-lateral stimulation which can be accomplished with eye movements, tappers or auditory means, I have found EMDR highly effective in helping clients with a multitude of issues including addiction, complicated grief, stress reduction, anxiety, panic and pain management. To learn more about this evidence-based approach, visit EMDRIA.


Brief Therapy

Also known as solution-focused therapy, it is an approach based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores an individual's current resources and future hopes - helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals. As the name suggests, brief therapy is considered a time-limited approach. However the technique is often incorporated into other long-term therapy.


Person-Centered Therapy

Also known as client-centered therapy, the goal of PCT is to provide clients with an opportunity to develop a sense of self where they can realize how their attitudes, feelings and behavior are being negatively affected. It is often a popular and effective treatment for patients.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This model hypothesizes that people's thoughts and feelings are not determined by a situation, but by their interpretation and construction of the situation. Essentially it is based on the premise that core beliefs trigger automatic thoughts, which then evoke emotions, which then often lead to unwanted behaviors or actions. I often have patients that like to do "homework" between sessions. The success of this approach greatly depends on such work between appointments.


Reality Therapy

Sometimes patients worry this approach means we are going to focus on giving them a "dose of reality." Quite the contrary: it is a people-friendly and people-centered approach. It stresses one major point - people are in control of what they are currently doing in their lives and whether or not it is working in their favor toward meeting their basic psychological needs. It is through an individual's choices that he or she makes change happen for the better or worse.


Motivational Interviewing

Now recognized in a variety of settings beyond health care, patients often find this four-process model of engaging, focusing, evoking and planning quite helpful in achieving their goals.

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