Integrative psychotherapy is an approach to treatment where I draw on principals from different therapeutic orientations best suited for your particular problem. I have over 20 years of experience providing psychotherapy to adults and adolescents. In this time, I have had the opportunity to learn and practice multiple modalities. I operate from a place of mindfulness in all of my sessions. As a mindfulness practitioner it is my utmost priority to be present in the moment with you. I hold space for all of you emotions, feelings, thoughts, opinions and experiences. I do this while  maintaining a non-judgmental and accepting atmosphere. My goal is to provide emotional safety so that you can explore your internal world as well as how you move through life in relation to others. The therapeutic relationship is key to this process. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

For some, therapy is a long term (6 months or more) endeavor that unfolds over time as you encounter various changes and challenges in your life. In longer term Psychodynamic therapy the therapeutic relationship plays a larger, more transformative role as you deal with underlying causes of suffering. Please see about therapy for more on my approach to longer term psychodynamic therapy.

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Therapy can be short term, long term or anywhere in between. Short term therapy is generally 12 sessions or less. Many people enter short term therapy during a time of transition or situational stress. For short term work, I use Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) framework. CBT is an evidenced based form of psychotherapy that can provide fast, effective relief from symptoms when used in a structured way. CBT focuses on the here and now, looking at current ways of thinking and how these thoughts affect our mood and behaviors. I am experienced in conducting CBT for Depression, CBT for anxiety, CBT for Anger Management and general CBT. This form of therapy will include homework of reading and assignments between sessions.

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy incorporates psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral principals with mindfulness practices to form a balance of insight and acceptance. Mindfulness skills can help one access and learn to tolerate distressing emotions. It is natural and inherently protective to want avoid discomfort. Discomfort can be physical, emotional or situational. However, when we try to avoid our emotional experience it only grows stronger perpetrating more need for avoidance or even numbing. In mindfulness based therapy I help you to approach your emotional experience, whatever it may be, with non-judgment, compassion, and acceptance. When we allow ourselves to feel and accept a wider range of emotions, we can reduce suffering. Acceptance of emotions does not mean changes in life are not made. In fact, it's the opposite. When we allow for our full experience it can become crystal clear if there changes we would benefit from making. 

Behavioral Coaching
 

Behavioral coaching
 

Behavioral coaching
 

Behavioral coaching is a method of treatment where goals and  obstacles to reaching goals are identified. Working together we can discover what is  getting in your way. Common behaviors are avoidance, perfectionism and  emotional reactivity.