How it works
Therapy can be a life-changing process. Whether you feel you have been experiencing severe pain in your life and are dealing with very difficult emotions or you simply need additional support managing your everyday stressors, therapy could be right for you. There are several methods of therapy and several reasons to consider it.
Focus of Therapy
Issues often arise for several reasons. Whether you have gone through a recent life adjustment or have been dealing with a specific crisis, individuals may experience some level of anxiety and/or depression. Though problems tend to vary, many experience different levels of depression or anxiety when faced with issues such as: addiction, life transitions, illness, family matters, and career dissatisfaction. Emotional distress may also occur when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Therapy may then focus on one’s process of grief and bereavement. The likelihood of experiencing this type of pain is inevitable and can be quite devastating. As we collaborate, you will have the opportunity and the safe space to once again find hope, inner peace, laughter, and happiness after surviving such a difficult period in your life. As therapy progresses, we will continue to build on your strongpoints-where you will find the strength and the ability to one day manage these issues independently.
When issues occur, it is normal for them to influence our relationships. Oftentimes, these problems negatively impact our relationships with those who are closest to us. Likewise, stressors in the lives of our loved ones also influence us directly. In therapy, we will explore how these stressors, or issues, influence each individual as well as the collective unit. We will work together in order to uncover various dysfunctional patterns and replace them with effective coping methods that work specifically for you and your loved ones.
In some cases, ongoing stressors and relational problems may lead to maladaptive coping skills, such as addiction. Eating disorders are a specific type of addiction, where individuals experience intense emotions and behaviors that surround weight and food related issues. However, many individuals do not recognize that eating disorders have very little to do with actual food. Eating disorders are complex and are often related to deeper issues, such as past traumas, close relationships, perfectionism, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Each individual has a different story to tell though eating disorders themselves are universal. In therapy, we will explore your story in an effort to truly understand the function of the eating disorder and the role it plays in your life to eventually change or minimize the need to act on behavioral urges.
At times, many individuals may feel “stuck” or dissatisfied in life. Additionally, many individuals find it difficult to face their problems alone, leading to higher levels of anxiety or depression. Individual therapy is a process where one has the opportunity to redevelop the relationship they maintain with themselves. In beginning this process, the client and therapist collaborate and work together in an effort to establish and obtain desirable treatment goals. By exploring valuable resources and personal strengths, clients have the opportunity to better address difficult life challenges.
Couples therapy is for both married couples and those in a committed relationship. When couples continue their daily routine and suddenly realize that their relationship is not as it once was, they may feel hopeless and lose interest in one another. This change may be due to life stressors of one or both partners, negatively impacting communication patterns as well as levels of comfort and trust with one another. At this time, couples will engage in a therapeutic process together in order to obtain relational satisfaction. These issues tend to vary. Some couples would like to develop a closer bond and once again recognize the important qualities that initially attracted each individual; this may lead to increased levels of appreciation and respect. In the case of divorce, therapy may also be useful in establishing healthy relational patterns when the couple has already made the decision to part ways.
Each family is different and consists of many complex
interconnected relationships. In times of high stress or difficulty, it is likely that one or more members of the family unit will become anxious or emotional. In therapy, we will evaluate each members’ individual goals as well as the goals of the collective unit and identify healthy or unhealthy patterns of coping. This new knowledge and understanding may be useful in changing or adjusting unwanted behavioral and relational patterns, especially during difficult life adjustments or transition periods.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
In therapy, I often apply a postmodern systemic lens. I specifically utilize techniques and interventions from an evidence-based approach to psychotherapy called Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). This model is a collaborative method that implements solution descriptions within a specified problem. SFBT allows individuals to uncover or develop useful coping tools to manage high levels of anxiety and symptomatic behaviors. This theory is grounded in the belief that individuals could potentially have the necessary skills needed to create their desired life changes. Likewise, it also suggests that individuals are subconsciously aware of the change that is needed to take place in their lives. However, in an effort to successfully transform and alter reality, individuals often need some assistance in identifying and developing those skills. In working together, we will bring these changes to a more conscious level in order to take the necessary steps for that change to occur.
Mindfulness and Hypnotherapy
When “life happens,” it may become hectic and chaotic, thereby causing individuals to feel lost, restless, exhausted, stressed, and so on. Mindfulness is often utilized in therapeutic discussions through the form of guided meditation. In participating in this conversation, individuals will have the ability to recognize their inner thoughts and remain in the present moment as opposed to thinking about the past or worrying about the future. After some practice, individuals will be able to apply this form of relaxation to their everyday lives. Finding peace amongst a world of chaos can be life changing.
A more advanced form of meditation is hypnotherapy. This is simply an increased level of relaxation, where clients surrender their stressors and allow themselves the space to freely explore their inner thoughts. When in trance, clients are very mindful and aware of their thoughts, feelings, and physical surroundings; they are able to communicate fully despite remaining in this very relaxed state.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Studies have shown that the presence of animals impact an individual’s mental and physical health. For instance, animal-assisted therapy reduces anxiety, grief, and depression, while also increasing self-esteem, comfort, motivation, communication, and much more. This form of therapy also lowers blood pressure, reduces physical pain, improves cardiovascular health, and releases endorphins. Studies show a significant difference when therapy animals are used to help clients who suffer with emotional and behavioral disorders, depression, autism, substance abuse, and dementia. These animals are accepting in their nature so clients have the ability to genuinely connect with them in a safe and comforting space. Therapy sessions will include a small 2 year old Shih Tzu, Baxter. Baxter is a member of Therapy Dogs International and could participate in session upon our client’s request. He has a friendly demeanor and loves to work in a therapeutic environment. Individuals who are experiencing emotional distress or have trouble developing relationships with others may benefit from Animal Assisted Therapy.
Emotion-Focused Couple’s Therapy
Emotion-Focused Couple’s Therapy is a highly effective form of therapy created by Dr. Sue Johnson. It suggests that issues in a marriage or couple-hood stem from unresolved hurt and past emotional distress. It focuses on the bond between couples and has been proven to work with a wide variety of issues such as: increasing love and intimacy, communication, conflict resolution, increasing respect, trust, and appreciation. In identifying negative patterns of interaction, each couple has the opportunity to develop a new and empathic understanding of their partner and of their relationship. This change in perspective fosters a different, more positive connection. Research has shown that EFT decreases distress within relationships as partners learn to interact successfully and build their intimacy.