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Types of Therapy

I use a variety of therapeutic interventions based on the individual needs of the client, while always considering a client’s past history and experiences and how it impacts present and future behaviors.  My therapy will provide tools and coping strategies to manage life’s challenges and help transform a client toward a more balanced life through healing, mindfulness, and empowerment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

This “common sense” type of therapy is the foundation for my practice.  Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach, a talking therapy, which aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and thoughts through a goal-oriented process. Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, more than external events, like people and situations.  This therapy has been used effectively in my practice with depression, anxiety, and self destructive behaviors.  The benefit to this type therapy is that if we can change the way we think, we can feel and act better, even if the situation itself does not drastically change – change your attitude, change your life.  Through Cognitive behavioral therapy, I help clients to think differently about their circumstances and develop new coping strategies so that they can take the steps needed to change their lives towards a more healthy, balanced one.

Play Therapy

This therapy is used in my practice with children, teens, and adults to help them better express their feelings in a creative, non-threatening way.  Play therapy is a technique where the child’s natural means of expression, play, is used as a therapeutic method to assist him/her in coping with emotional stress and/or trauma.  It has been used effectively in my practice with children and teenagers who are upset or acting out due to family problems such as divorce, custody dispute, grief, or abuse.  I have also used it with special education students whose disability is a source of behavioral issues.