My approach to individual therapy is grounded in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBTs), including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), and other mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches. CBT works by helping people understand why they think, feel, and act a certain way, and learn new patterns of behavior that create a more psychologically healthy and productive, meaningful life. Deciding to start therapy can feel daunting, and it can be hard to find a therapist that’s a good match, and that really gets where you’re coming from. I come to the therapy space from a place of openness and compassion with the aim of helping you move toward therapy goals that you identify as most important to you.
Together, we’ll work on developing greater awareness of the underlying basis and function of behaviors that may be making you feel stuck, and learn new ways of handling difficult thoughts and feelings that better serve you in your life, and move you in the directions you want. A session might involve working through a problematic situation, recognizing unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving, facing your fears with support, or using mindfulness and acceptance-based techniques for coping with anxiety. We’ll work on how to flexibly apply the skills we worked on in session to your life outside of the therapy room to be more effective in different contexts and settings throughout your life. Together, we’ll work on creating more of the life you want, and engaging in it in a more satisfying, meaningful way.