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DBT falls under the broad umbrella of cognitive behavioral treatment interventions. It was initially targeted to help people with chronic tendencies toward self-injury or suicide, but it has since been successfully applied to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

DBT is based on a number of different assumptions about how disorders develop and how best to treat them. First, from cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT borrows the notion that our thoughts, actions, and emotions are all closely linked. Emphasizing practical changes that can produce positive results is prioritized over exploring causation and history.

DBT also stresses the importance of validation of an individual’s previous experience and actions. By recognizing that an individual’s response to life situations is understandable, therapy assists in putting individuals in a better frame of mind for accepting the need for change.

DBT also utilizes principles of dialectics, the notion that two opposing ideas can simultaneously be true, and that accepting them both allows us to better understand the truth. For example, an individual might be taught that they should both love and value themselves as they are, but also recognize that change is necessary.

CBT is a goal-oriented, practical, and collaborative approach that helps my clients change their behavior, mood, thoughts, and relationships. I select techniques that are individualized for each client and may include mindfulness, exposure, and experiential exercises.

It is my goal to help my clients become better aware of the way their negative thoughts affect their mood, self-esteem, and relationships.

CBT is holistic and emphasizes the connections among mind, body, mood, behavior and environment.

CBT is highly effective in treatment for perinatal disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Feminist therapy is an integrative approach to psychotherapy that focuses on gender and the particular challenges and stressors that women face and a result of bias, oppression, stereotyping, discrimination, and other factors that threaten our mental health. The therapeutic relationship, based on authentic connection and equality between therapist and the client, helps empower clients to understand the social factors that contribute to their issues, discover and claim their identity, and build on personal strengths to better their own lives and those of others.

When working with mothers I will help you negotiate your own space/or time in relationships with others and assess your own personal needs. The development of a support network for you can become essential to fostering self-nurturance. I will encourage you to become less tuned into others needs, and allow others to develop their own self-nurturing practices because lets face it-as mothers many times we take care of those around us and ignore our own needs.

While I do utilize these frame works and treatment modalities, I recognize that there is no ‘one size fits all.’ My approach will come from a holistic, integrative approach. I will help you draw upon your strengths in a person-centered format. I work closely with clients to ensure therapy is safe, respectful, and confidential. Most importantly, I work actively to keep therapy focused and meeting the needs that clients present with.