*During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am providing video and phone sessions to clients in California and New York states.*
I provide individual therapy to adults who are affected by:
Anxiety and stress
Career and academic stress
Trauma and PTSD
Volatile or overwhelming emotions
Impulsive or difficult to control behaviors
I draw flexibly from my training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as mindfulness- and acceptance-based techniques. My approach is individualized, compassionate, and active. I balance a focus on the present with exploration of how earlier life experiences impact current beliefs, behaviors, and relationships.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach for depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, addiction, OCD, and more. CBT is a present-focused, active treatment. CBT helps identify and change problematic patterns of thought and behavior that lead to distress.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a skills-based approach for people who experience intense or overwhelming emotions. DBT balances change and acceptance strategies. It teaches skills designed to help people better understand and manage emotions, tolerate stressful situations, improve relationships, and increase the ability to be in the present moment. I am intensively trained in DBT and have previously worked in comprehensive DBT programs. As a solo practitioner, I frequently draw from DBT skills and concepts but do not offer comprehensive DBT nor group skills training.
Mindfulness- and Acceptance-based Approaches
Mindfulness is the state of being fully in the present moment. Mindfulness helps build awareness of thoughts, emotions, sensations, and experiences without being overwhelmed by them. Distress often arises when we feel stuck in the past or worried about the future. The ability to be in the present can free us to experience life more fully. Mindfulness also takes a non-judgmental approach such that we reduce our judgments about good/bad, should/shouldn't and adopt a more objective perspective.
Acceptance-based approaches are particularly helpful in situations that cannot be changed but cause significant pain. Of course, it is important to first determine whether or not change is possible, but there are times when tolerating and even accepting painful situations (which is not the same as condoning) can ultimately lead to freedom from suffering.