The development of a trusting and compassionate relationship is the most essential aspect of therapy. In the context of such a relationship, I have found therapy to be highly effective at reducing emotional suffering and improving relationships, work, and other life activities. I practice primarily from a psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral perspective. My treatment is also influenced by a background in Eastern thought.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on increasing self-awareness, developing a more solid and fulfilling identity, and improving the capacity to engage in meaningful and satisfying relationships. Psychodynamic therapy is grounded in an exploration and transformation of emotional patterns, childhood experiences, and underlying beliefs about self and others. In combination with cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy offers relief from psychological distress in the early stages of treatment, while providing the opportunity to work through deeper issues and traumas when needed.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is based in the understanding that targeting and altering thinking, emotional, and behavioral patterns can offer significant symptom relief within a brief time period. CBT particularly focuses on the “filters” that we use to explain daily experiences, which in turn cause painful emotions and challenging behaviors. CBT is an extensively researched approach which is collaborative, present-centered, and focused on immediate problem-solving. It is particularly useful for trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, and anger difficulties.