Utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral approach, I am competent in providing services to people across the culture, race, age, gender and sexuality spectrum.
My practice is focused on work with adult women and men dealing with the following challenges and who are ready to change how they feel and interact with the world:
Depression, BiPolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, ADHD
(You may or may not have had previous diagnosis; may be struggling with symptoms)
Distress related to medical or life event:
I provide adjunctive behavioral and /therapeutic supports to help implement lifestyle changes, manage distress and cope with the emotions and changed psychological state due to medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, cardiac, chronic pain, postpartum depression.
A note on Chronic Pain and CBT: your pain is real. However, the way people respond to pain, the way that it can increasingly restrict your life, may be a product of thinking issues, and there may be more adaptive responses to pain and daily living that improve the overall quality of your life.
Psychological and personal growth issues:
Stress (related to workplace, family, role/responsibility as caregiver, relationships) , grief/loss, aging, job-loss, self-esteem, chronic or acute trauma, mental health recovery and relapse prevention.
Behavioral and emotional regulation issues that lead to negative outcomes/patterns with loved ones, friends, coworkers such as alcohol/drug use, procrastination, impulsiveness, distraction, anger, frustration and aggravation
For many people, depression is a lifelong battle and recovery is ongoing. To this end, I provide specific supports to promote wellness and maintenance.
A note on Psychotropic Medication
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), unlike medication, can help you internalize change and learn skills that stay with you over time. You will likely adapt methods to change your unhelpful thinking, develop self awareness and improve coping skills. All of this said, there is a biological component to depression and many other mental illnesses, and in many cases, medications are recommended in conjunction with talk therapy. If you are on medication, it may be helpful for me to have consent to speak to your Medical Doctor/Psychiatrist to coordinate care and if you are seeking medication, than I can refer you to a reputable Psychiatrist. If you wish to try CBT treatment to reduce or discontinue medication, I advise that you speak to your Doctor and will coordinate care with your Doctor.