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Overcoming Trauma through Evidence-Based Therapy
In my evidence-based practice, I integrate the best available research with my clinical expertise in the context of each client's unique life experiences. Evidence-based treatments are grounded on scientific findings that demonstrate the treatment's effectiveness in improving client outcomes. Most evidence-based treatments have been studied in several large-scale clinical trials, involving thousands of patients and careful comparison of the effects of the evidence-based treatment versus other types of psychological treatments.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interrelated, so altering one can help alleviate problems in another. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you identify, challenge, and modify unhelpful ideas or behavioral patterns and includes relaxation training and guidance for interpersonal relationships. The research supporting CBT is strong and the treatment is very helpful for people suffering from phobias, anxiety, panic, or depression.
PROLONGED EXPOSURE THERAPY
A treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Prolonged Exposure (PE) addresses the two main factors that cause and maintain PTSD: avoidance and unhelpful beliefs. With PE, I help clients confront the memory and emotion of their trauma in a safe and systematic way. I also help clients gradually reengage in previously avoided activities. Prolonged Exposure is very effective and most clients feel significantly better within 15 sessions, whether the trauma is old or new.
COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY
Changing the content of our perceptions about a traumatic event can impact our emotional and behavioral responses to it. With Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) we will focus on why the trauma occurred and how it has affected your beliefs about yourself, others, and the world. With CPT, I help clients get "un-stuck" from their trauma. CPT is very effective and most clients feel significantly better within 12 sessions, whether the trauma is old or new.
When we get depressed, we may increasingly disengage from our routines and withdraw from activities that bring us meaning and joy. Over time, this avoidance exacerbates our depression, as we lose opportunities for positive reinforcement from pleasant experiences, social activity, or feelings of mastery. Through Behavioral Activation (BA), I will help you increase your contact with sources of reward so that you can quickly improve your feelings of well-being.
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) can help you identify, utilize, and process emotions. Suffering comes when we encounter distressing emotions but try to resist or avoid them rather than accept and feel them fully. EFT is very effective and can be helpful for a wide variety of concerns, including feelings of disconnection or isolation.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focuses on changing our relationship to our thoughts and feelings. With ACT, I will teach you how to practice more present moment awareness, unglue yourself from obsessive or depressive thoughts, and engage in more value-driven activities. ACT is very successful in treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, among other issues.
COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) draws upon our capacity for compassion to facilitate the alleviation of human suffering. With CFT, I help promote healing by encouraging you to be more compassionate toward yourself and others. Compassion is an essential aspect of well-being and increasing it can improve your mental and emotional health. CFT can be particularly helpful if you are struggling with anger or shame.
Mindfulness is a state in which we increase our awareness of the present moment in a non-judgmental and open manner. I often use Mindfulness-Based Interventions in conjunction with other treatments, and especially emphasize mindfulness for clients who feel caught in their thinking or disconnected from other people and the environment.
Non-Violent Communication, also known as Compassionate Communication, is a learned style of speaking that allows you to fully express yourself without putting others on the defensive. Non-Violent Communication focuses on feelings and needs, and provides tools for communicating in a way that allows us to get our needs met.
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