Approaches & Tools

Approaches & Tools

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapy intervention, based on modern behavioral psychology: The individual or couple is committed to learning behavioral change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. Simultaneously, they’ll learn and grow. Along the way, safety, comfort, and hope is strengthened. ACT holds the concept that suffering is a natural and inevitable condition for humans. It accepts that pain and suffering is a part of life; that we have an instinct to control our experiences, which doesn’t always serve us; and that we can have a rich, meaningful life alongside these realities as we use a therapy based on the concept that suffering is a natural and inevitable condition for humans. We have an instinct to control our experiences, but this instinct does not always serve us. these new skills.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a popular, evidenced-based treatment approach that helps you understand the thoughts and feelings that influence your behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety.  Do you believe that your thoughts and feelings play a fundamental role in your behavior?  For example, do you have destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on your behavior and emotions?

The goal of CBT is to teach you tools to switch-out fear-based thinking; to change these automatic negative thoughts that can cause/exacerbate emotional difficulties, anxiety and depression.  While we can’t control every aspect of the world around us, CBT shows we can take control of our interpretation and related actions.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Does the speed of your life, your distraction, or your mindlessness get in the way? Are you caught up in your head, with a loss of awareness? Mindfulness is a learned tool, which helps you tune-in and relate directly to whatever is happening in your life. by increasing awareness of moment-to-moment experience. It’s happening right now as you are reading this. Good news is that it’s not something to be acquired; rather, it already exists in you and can be activated through training. The effects impact the whole you and provide increased effectiveness in dealing with life’s challenges. Your responses to things become thoughtful, more in line with your own values. Those who suffer from anxiety or depression tend to view through a lens of fear or despair, based on the past or future. Mindfulness trains us to be in the moment to better address what is, rather than what is feared. Though evidence-based science shows it’s positive effect on physical and emotional conditions, Mindfulness has a tradition going back thousands of years.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an evidence-based treatment method that, when combined with other tools, !offers healing from emotional and physical discomfort and pain! Today, many elementary schools are teaching it to their students to control stress and anxiety. Offers healing from physical and emotional pain. It’s a form of acupuncture that uses the client’s fingertips to stimulate energy points on the body. ! This treatment sprang from the idea that, “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” EFT is a very effective way of clearing out feelings; and teams up well with other tools. When an unwanted feeling is gone, the limiting beliefs that the client held are released. New, more positive beliefs about themselves can emerge. Learning EFT also empowers the client to take charge of handling their emotional state because they can tap on a feeling any time they want to move it out of their way in the moment

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy process that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. With studies from all over the world, EMDR therapy has shown again and again that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

EMDR is also used to decrease anxiety;  and to optimize performance enhancement at school, on stage, in the field and courtroom, and, more simply, at your writing table.  See if you’re a candidate.  Visit www.emdria.org.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills can transform conflict and reduce unproductive emotional intensity in relationships.  It offers workable, constructive skills to individuals, couples, and families, struggling with hurtful,  unproductive conflict cycles.

Gender & Sexuality is an important, imperative whole-life element. I’m proud to be an allied member of WPATH  (wpath.org).   My practice is a safe, non-judgmental, empowering therapeutic space for all to determine and get the roadmap to needs realized, concerns, and identities  Here are a few scenarios:
1)  You’ve had extensive couples counseling before, but sexual needs/desires were avoided.
2) You’re entering your transitioning process, where the pre-op counseling and pre-op report is required.
3) You’re sexual interests have given way to isolating obsessions.
4) You’re a questioning youth or have one.
5) You need help negotiating non-monogamy or other desires.
6) You have anxiety due to stigma, discrimination and micro-aggressions.
7) The contrasting doctrine of your religious upbringing is causing sexual dysfunction.
8) You want a chance to learn more about yourself as a member of the straight or LGBTQIA communities.