Individual therapy is my primary form of treatment. I use evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP).
What does evidence based or empirically supported treatment mean and why is it important?
When something is evidence based or empirically supported it means extensive research has shown this type of treatment produces results beyond that of just chance. It is important to look for evidence based or empirically supported treatments because not all treatments have been shown to be effective over time. Make sure what you are investing in is shown to work.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence based treatment used to treat a wide range of psychological disorders, including anxiety. CBT is typically a short-term treatment that focuses on changing dysfunctional thinking and behavior patterns that contribute to an individual's struggles.
What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)?
DBT is an evidence based treatment that focuses on teaching individuals new skills in managing emotions and decreasing conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on four key areas: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
What is Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)?
ERP is an evidence based treatment which stems from CBT. ERP is most commonly used with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but can also be used with other psychological disorders. ERP focuses on exposing the client to feared stimuli while refraining from engaging in maladaptive coping skills.
Currently I offer the PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) social skills group for motivated adolescents who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. PEERS® for Adolescents is a 14-week evidence based social skills intervention originally developed at UCLA. During each group session, adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions and are taught how to assist their child in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their child’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Enrollment is limited. Parent participation is required.
I also offer a Mindfulness Practice Group based on the book How to Train a Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays, MD. According to Chozen, "Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within your body, heart, and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgement." When practicing mindfulness regularly it can help you reduce anxiety and depression, feel more connected to the people and the world around you, train and strengthen your mind, enrich your life, and much more. The group is ongoing and focuses on a new skill each week and allows for processing between group members.
Families can often be a powerful influence in individual's lives. Sometimes it may seem that a struggle is just with one family member, but getting the rest of the family involved can often lead to more effective solutions. This why family therapy can sometimes be the appropriate treatment option. Family therapy is used to treat a number of psychological problem areas such as, parent and child conflict, children's behavior problems, divorce and much more.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Attention-Deficit/Hyper Activity Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Symptoms of Autism
Grief and Loss
Oppositional Defiant Disorder