Like most therapists, I’m trained in a variety of approaches; however, I favor some more than others. This is based on both my training and my experiences (with research and clients). I align with feminist psychology perspectives. I use feminist methodologies frequently when I’m conducting academic research (my dissertation was a feminist ethnography) and as a result of these studies, I firmly believe that both childbirth and care-work are feminist issues. This conclusion certainly has influenced me in my therapeutic practice as well. Specifically, issues relating to socio-cultural norms surrounding gender roles come up frequently in my work with clients. I also favor mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches. All are empirically-based interventions that are, ultimately, aimed at exploring our thoughts and emotions, developing coping strategies, and changing behavior. I also have a deep appreciation for nature as therapy and the biophilia hypothesis and frequently seek ways to bring these perspectives into my work as well. Both emphasize a sense of loss that can come from disconnectedness and I have found that raising our awareness of how this impacts us can be beneficial for clients.
The scientific literature demonstrates that participating in therapy/counseling can be an effective way to navigate feelings, learn better behaviors, and process thoughts differently. Therapy also focuses on psychoeducation – teaching about how the mind works. These techniques assist participants in living the life they want.