In therapy, we will talk about all of life's moments. We will talk about big things that seem small, and small things that seem big (and everything in between). If there's something weighing on your mind, this is the place to bring it up. There isn't a "one size fits all" approach when it comes to therapy, so we use a combination of a variety of techniques, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution focused therapy (SFT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques. Transparency is key, so if you have any questions about anything, ASK!
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT focuses on helping you face your feelings and work through them. While I would love to tell you that seeing a therapist will mean that you’ll never struggle with anything for as long as you live, that’s unfortunately unrealistic. ACT helps you create a rich and meaningful life, despite the pain that inevitably goes with it. By being mindful of our feelings and accepting them, we can move through them and come out the other side. We can identify your goals and values and make committed steps toward the life you want to live. ACT helps you stay in the present moment, focus on your goals and stay committed to reading them and change your behavior.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT)
For all my chronically anxious overachievers, this one is for you. SFT focuses on the future rather than the past. We can use your strengths and harness the things you are already doing to end up where you want to be. We will focus on the positive things and baby steps you’ve already taken and propel you into the next phase. SFT helps you establish goals and identify what you can do to get one step closer to them. You have all the answers you already need, and your therapist is there to help you help yourself.
Cognitivie Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The main idea of cognitive behavioral therapy is to identify and change your thinking and behavior. Basically, we can change our lives by changing the way we think. We can replace our harmful or ineffective thoughts with more accurate thoughts and helpful behaviors. CBT focuses on identifying and challenging thought distortions. These are negative thought patters that pop into our head that lead to a negative outlook. We will work together to restructure negative thoughts, practice mindfulness, and learn skills that can be used throughout the rest of your life.