Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
"We can't change the past, but we can change how we feel about the past", according to Hilary Jacobs Hendel, the author of the book "It's Not Always Depression: A New Theory of Listening to Your Body, Discovering Core Emotions, and Reconnecting with Your Authentic Self". This form of treatment "makes neuroplasticity happen", meaning that we can actually use your brain to change your brain. AEDP safely works with emotional experiences in the here-and-now of the present moment from the understanding that we can heal and transform our life by leaning into our emotions instead of avoiding them. Read more about AEDP here.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is born from the "third wave" (or as a part of the "third generation") of behavior therapies. According to New Harbinger Publications, ACT is "based on the principle that many psychological problems are caused by efforts to control, avoid, or get rid of emotions and thoughts that are undesirable". Acceptance of these "private events" is necessary for growth. Mindfulness, psychological flexibility, "creative hopelessness", clarifying values, and making a commitment to change are other important ingredients to the ACT model. Read more about ACT here.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
One of the more commonly known approaches to psychotherapeutic treatment, CBT has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for a range of mental health problems. The CBT model is focused on the connections between situations, thoughts/beliefs, emotions, and behaviors. In short, CBT works to understand, identify, monitor, and then modify your thinking patterns as a way to promote positive change in your mind, emotions, and overall behavior. Read more about CBT here.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
This is a cognitive form of treatment that is focused on four core skill groups which are meant to help people "live a life worth living". These four core skill groups include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. CBT has more of an "inside out" focus while DBT has more of an "outside in" focus to treatment. This means that with CBT, you work with a therapist primarily to change your thoughts and then your emotions and behavior may change as a result. DBT, however, will teach you actionable skills to engage with your environment in order to help you regulate your emotions which may change ineffective thinking patterns as a result. Dialectics, on its own, is a philosophy term relating to an inquiry into metaphysical contradictions (i.e. opposites) and their solutions. "Walking the Middle Path" of the two opposite extremes (e.g. all or nothing thinking) is one of the goals of DBT. Read more about DBT here.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Attachment Theory guides EFT interventions while getting to the emotional heart of safety, trust, and vulnerability in order to promote understanding, increase stability, and build more secure relationships. This is best known as a cutting-edge, scientific approach to couples therapy while it was also adapted for work with individuals & families. Remember the phrase "It takes two to tango"? EFT takes a look at the intrapsychic and relational dance between you & emotions leading to corrective emotional experiences that allow you to feel more safe, attuned, and in-sync while you dance in life. Read more about EFT here.
The human condition is highlighted within this form of treatment according to the ultimate concerns of life - death, isolation, freedom, and meaninglessness. These aspects of life & humanity naturally cause anxiety, each in their own ways. Through the use of the power from the therapeutic relationship, you experience meaningful connection with the therapist as "a fellow traveler" while the therapeutic process becomes the prism from which you can discover feedback, tools, self-awareness, and insight for increased self-responsibility, satisfaction, and fulfillment in your life. Read more about Existential Psychotherapy here.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
Transform your life with this powerful, evidenced-based model to embody more of your core Self. There are multiple parts of you (i.e., sub-personalities) which may have emotional and relational injuries. There may also be other multiple protector parts of you (i.e., managers & firefighters) who try to control and defend you from the wounded parts. Polarized parts are frequently in conflict with each other, and this may contribute to extreme internal discord. Working with a mindful and inclusive therapist can give you the safe space, outlet, & therapeutic support that you need to untangle all of these thoughts, emotions, and protective & defensive behaviors. IFS will help you unburden your parts that need intentional time, attention, and client-centered care to welcome & heal all of the parts of your Self in order to be seen, heard, and understood. Read more about IFS here.
Storytelling moves people and gives meaning to life. Narrative therapy takes an in depth look at your life story (i.e., your personal narrative) including the past, the present, and the future. Storytelling also helps you hear, arrange, and feel more of your life story while you become more easily able to put some space between you and "the problems". Narrative deconstruction helps you unpack all of the unhelpful and unhealthy negative self-assumptions and assumptions about the world. Narrative reconstruction helps you develop a new personal narrative that moves away from problematic beliefs and social constraints toward new possibilities and the preferred vision for your life moving forward. Read more about Narrative Therapy here.
The therapeutic alliance is a crucial ingredient for this insight-oriented approach to treatment. The client-therapist relationship serves as a tool and prism by which you can learn to notice, observe, reflect, and better understand your Self in the context of interpersonal relationships. Emotional and relational events in addition to thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors from your past and present become the focus of discussion. Read more about Psychodynamic Psychotherapy here.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
A short-term approach to treatment that focuses on solutions and/or exceptions to problems rather than problems themselves. The present and the future are emphasized more so than the past in SFT. Likewise, your inner strengths and resiliency are identified and highlighted as factors that may contribute to rapid change, effective coping, and your preferred life vision. Read more about SFT here.
what to expect:
FIRST: Free 15 Minute Phone Consultation. This is the first opportunity for you and the therapist to ask each other questions. We discuss reasons why you're getting started in therapy, your needs and your therapeutic goals, and schedule availability. Mostly, we want to figure out if you and the therapist could be a good fit to work together. If so, then we schedule an intake appointment and you receive a Welcome Email to the Client Portal, where you can complete the required consent forms and book future appointments online.
SECOND: The Initial Intake Appointment. This is the next best opportunity for you to share as much about you and your life story as you can in order to help the therapist better understand you and what you need moving forward. Assessment & Evaluation of your mental health will guide discussion that is also focused on recent and remote history of many parts of you and your life like family, education, employment, self-care, and social relationships. We discuss a lot in this first appointment while we also make sure that the pace of our process helps you feel seen, heard, and understood. Finally, we identify specific therapeutic goals, discuss your treatment options, and create your personalized plan for therapy.
THIRD: First Follow Up Appointment. Assessment & Evaluation, Treatment Planning, and Discharge Planning will continue to show up as frequent topics of discussion throughout the course of treatment - they're not just discussed once in the first session and then never again mentioned. Now that you have had a chance to create a personalized plan for your therapy, we start working it into action. Mostly, we keep building rapport because the therapeutic relationship drives the work.
GOING FORWARD: Follow Up Appointments. Therapeutic process moves at your pace. Safely guiding clients through their own personalized treatment plan tops the agenda for each and every therapy session. Feedback Loops will help us monitor and modify how we work with each other in order to ensure that you get the return on your investment in therapy that you need because that is what matters to us most. Eventually, therapy will end and you will continue to build a life worth living.