Your success matters.

We will use proven therapeutic techniques to make progress at a pace that feels comfortable and sustainable for you.  

I will use research-based, proven techniques and strategies to help you.

Life can feel so overwhelming. We carry with us all this history and experience and hurt and emotion that can make daily living feel like such a challenge. Depending on your specific needs and goals for yourself, we will decide together on the strategies and treatment methods that will be most effective in dealing with your unique challenges.

 

I draw from research-based, proven techniques and strategies including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help you achieve your goals. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy via online counseling

 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a unique therapy model that emphasizes the teaching of very specific skills to help people learn and use new strategies to develop a life that feels worth living.  DBT is an enhanced cognitive behavioral treatment model developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP. 

DBT has been extensively researched since its creation in the late 1980’s. These studies have shown that DBT is highly effective in treating a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, emotional management difficulties, substance use, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. 

Learn more about DBT and how it can help you.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy via online counseling

CBT is a highly effective and well-researched form of treatment. It is used to treat a wide variety of issues and concerns that we face as humans (worry thoughts, sleep difficulties, sadness, hopelessness, traumatic reactions, panic attacks, social avoidance, substance use....the list is long). CBT involves looking at the links between our thoughts, our emotions, and our behaviors and identifying ways to modify the links when they are not helpful.

Learn more about CBT and how it can help you.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy via online counseling

Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT) is based in over 40 years of research into what makes relationships work and what destroys them. As a treatment model, it has a well-documented success rate when couples engage in it effectively.  The techniques are extremely transferable and work with all relationships (family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.). 

The goals of GMCT are to: decrease your harmful communication styles, improve the effectiveness of your communication (even when fighting), increase the respect and affection between each other, and create a heightened sense of intimacy by developing deeper empathy and understanding of each other.

Learn more about GMCT and how it can help you.

Which method is right for me?

That depends on what you need! Usually we will be able to figure that out together during the first appointment where I complete a comprehensive assessment of you, your life so far, and your struggles and desires.  At that point, we will also clarify your goals for yourself.

 

We will then identify the specific strategies and approaches that will get you where you want to be. Often, I combine techniques and theories from each of the strategies mentioned above.

 

Because I have been providing counseling for over 11 years (and I spent time developing college students, young professionals, and adolescents for an additional 10 years prior to that), I have a keen ability to zoom in on underlying core issues and identify effective strategies to address them.

 

I truly value the trust you place in me to help you with these difficult life tasks. I aim to offer you help, hope, and specific strategies to manage your overwhelming emotions, improving your relationships, navigating difficult life transitions and creating the life you want to be living in.

Set up a free consultation to discuss what we can achieve for you with online counseling!

"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
― Albert Einstein

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