My therapeutic approach is rooted in my values of transparency, non-judgment, patience, and respect. It takes a great deal of courage to seek therapy and confront the challenges and difficulties that may have been weighing on one's mental and emotional well-being. I also understand that healing and growth require time, so I exercise patience to empower my clients to advance at their own pace, free from pressure or haste.
I work from a trauma-informed perspective where my clients can reclaim their voice and choice and be the experts in their lives, treatment is a collaborative effort, and you're story is honored and you're given the time and space you need to unravel the past. This approach to therapy enables clients to explore their emotions and experiences on their terms, promoting a safe and supportive space for their progress towards healing and growth. I also honor and tailor my clients treatment to meet their unique needs.
Listed below are some therapeutic approaches I tend to use in session:
MBCT, or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, is a type of therapy that combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness practices. The goal of MBCT is to help clients learn to recognize and shift negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to depression, anxiety, and other mental health difficulties.
Through mindfulness practices, such as meditation and breathing exercises, clients learn to observe their thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental and accepting attitude, and develop new ways of responding to them. MBCT is an evidence-based therapy that has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of relapse in individuals with recurrent depression.
Relational Cultural Therapy (RCT) is a type of therapy that emphasizes the importance of relationships and connections in our lives. The goal of RCT is to help clients develop more authentic and meaningful relationships with others, and to overcome the societal barriers and inequalities that can inhibit these connections.
In RCT, we'd work together to explore your past and current relationships, and to identify patterns of disconnection and alienation. Through this process, clients can also learn to understand the impact of societal factors, such as race, gender, and sexuality, has on their relationships, and to develop new skills and strategies for building more mutually empowering and supportive connections. RCT is an empowering and collaborative therapy that can help clients feel more connected and engaged in their lives and communities.
Narrative therapy is a type of therapy that views the stories we tell about ourselves as having a powerful impact on our lives. In narrative therapy, we'd work together to identify and explore the dominant stories you may tell about yourself, your experiences, and your relationships.
By externalizing these stories and examining them from different perspectives, clients can gain new insights and develop new, more empowering narratives. Narrative therapy is a collaborative and non-judgmental approach that recognizes the client as the expert in their own life. It can be effective in helping clients overcome feelings of powerlessness or hopelessness, and to develop a stronger sense of agency and control over their lives.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) is a type of therapy that is future-oriented and focuses on problem-solving and finding solutions rather than focusing heavily on processing the past. In SFT, we'd work together to identify your goals and develop specific, achievable steps to achieve those goals. We'd focus on your strengths, resources, and successes, and work to develop a positive outlook on the future.
SFT is a brief and goal-oriented therapy that can be effective in helping clients make meaningful changes in their lives, even in the face of significant challenges. It can be used to treat a wide range of mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an approach designed to assist clients in resolving ambivalence about behavior change. The primary objective of MI is to help clients identify their own motivations for change, boost their confidence in their ability to change, and take the necessary actions to create positive changes in their lives.
During MI sessions, we'd explore your reasons for considering change, any concerns that may arise, and the goals that you have for the future. Emphasis is placed on creating a collaborative relationship that empowers you to take control of your own change process.