I utilize evidence-based treatments supported by current research. I take a client-centered approach, which allows me to integrate various therapeutic interventions based on the needs of my clients. I believe in practical application in which the client can leave with useful tools and strategies to implement in their day-to-day life.
Studies have shown that the single most important factor in predicting successful treatment outcomes is the relationship between therapist and patient. I provide a safe, collaborative, non-judgmental environment for my clients to express themselves and feel understood. My evidence based approach draws predominantly from the following:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
CBT is an empirically based method of treatment that helps you learn to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors so you feel better.
These negative thoughts and beliefs can lead to emotional distress and self-destructive behaviors. In cognitive-behavioral therapy, the client learns strategies to reduce irrational thinking and change behavior patterns, leading to improved well-being. The approach is goal-oriented and emphasizes problem-solving strategies.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD and other anxiety disorders:
Facing fears in a gradual and consistent manner is the most effective way to overcome fears and phobias and is called “exposure”. This process involves gradually and repeatedly exposing yourself to the feared object or situation in a safe and controlled way. You learn to “ride out” the anxiety and distress until the anxiety passes.
ERP is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It is designed to systematically desensitize one to their fears. This treatment is exceptionally effective and produces remarkable results, allowing individuals to learn that they can successfully face their fears. Repeatedly facing one’s fears and learning to manage the uncomfortable feelings and thoughts associated with these fears allows the anxiety to gradually fade away.