Individual Psychotherapy for Adults and Adolescents
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talk therapy based on the idea that people are affected and motivated by thoughts and feelings that are out of their awareness. Its goals are to help people to change habitual ways of thinking and behaving by helping them learn more about how their mind works and directly supporting their functioning in the context of their current relationships.
Adapted Cognitive Therapy
I adapt strategies from various approaches within cognitive therapy to address symptom management and relief, problem solving, changing deeply ingrained and maladaptive patterns of behavior causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in daily living, and skill development to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values.
Treatment strategies for adults and adolescents are adapted and individualized from the following modalities within cognitive therapy:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the principle that the way we think about ourselves and the world around us, and the way we act up on those thoughts can affect our feelings and emotional well-being. CBT is a talking therapy that recognises that when we become distressed, we repeat patterns of thinking and behaviour, which maintain our difficulties. Therapy enables us to recognise unhelpful patterns and helps us to develop alternative, more flexible and helpful coping mechanisms.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in an approach whose main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. In DBT, the patient and therapist are working to resolve the seeming contradiction between self-acceptance and change in order to bring about positive changes in the patient.
Schema therapy can help individuals identify the thought and behavior patterns underlying and perpetuating mental health conditions. Identifying and modifying maladaptive schemas is central to schema therapy. Discovering the origins of one’s unmet emotional needs and learning to construct nurturing relationships through schema therapy can help people begin to build feelings of self-worth and adequacy.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that aims to help patients accept what is out of their control and commit to actions that can improve and enrich their lives. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
Adapted Experiential Psychotherapy
I adapt strategies from various approaches within experiential psychotherapy using expressive tools and activities, such as role-playing, guided imagery, Gestalt empty chair work, and portrayals to re-enact and re-experience traumatic emotional situations from past and recent relationships in order to facilitate mastery and emotional healing. In experiential work, parts of the self interact with each other or with significant others in the imagination to provide the opportunity to play out feared or wished for situations, thus having the potential to access new adaptive experience, representations and emotional states.
I adapt techniques from Emotion-Focused Therapy, Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy, Attachment-Based Psychotherapy and Coherence Therapy and Internal Family Systems Therapy. These approaches provide the means to to identify and begin to release and explore maladaptive feelings and inhibitory emotions as they relate to current and past attachment injuries and traumatic relational experiences that may have been blocked or still linger.