Approaches to Therapy

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. 

How Counseling Works

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.

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

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Positive Psychology

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Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

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Narrative