I enjoy providing general psychotherapy for a wide range of common concerns. I have experience treating a number of common symptoms involving depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. I also have a great deal of experience treating more severe diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). My general treatment approach is summarized in the paragraphs just below. I also have intensive training and many years experience treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders – my approach to the treatment of these problems is summarized further down on this page. I choose these techniques both because they are effective and because they tend to work quickly. These are techniques I can teach to you so that you can continue to apply them to future problems on your own. Feel free to read more about these techniques below.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has decades of research supporting it’s effectiveness with a wide variety of problems and diagnoses. While using these techniques, you and I will examine the component parts of your symptoms such as emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. We’ll then examine how these parts are connected and how they impact each other. I’ll help you create changes to one or more of these parts to achieve your desired symptom relief. These techniques are generally considered to be among the most efficient and effective available to psychologists.
Mindfulness practices have a very significant body of research supporting their effectiveness. You can see these techniques widely advertised in popular culture both because of their usefulness and because of how easily they can be understood. Mindfulness practices involve learning how to open our awareness, focus our attention, and allow reality. However, understanding something intellectually is different from successfully implementing it. I can help you by providing individualized intervention and assistance to aid you in developing the ability to practically implement these practices so you can achieve the desired benefits.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed for use with more severe symptoms and has decades of research supporting it’s effectiveness. A traditional program in DBT is intensive and involves one year of weekly group and individual therapy which is something that I used to provide for many years, but no longer do. Instead, the services I provide would be ideal for someone who struggles with more severe symptoms yet may not require a full DBT program, or someone who has already graduated from a traditional DBT program and wants help implementing these techniques over the longer term. These techniques involve skills in the areas of mindfulness practice, relationship skills, regulating mood swings, and managing intense distress.