Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused
My aim, above all else, is to be empathetic and client-focused. It’s hard to help without first having an understanding, and regardless of my credentials, you are the expert on you. I work to understand you and your needs as best as possible so that we can tackle your goals in a meaningful way.
Once you’re ready to pull up your sleeves and get to work, I provide space to discuss issues and explore alternate ways of thinking. As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I see how much power there is in the words we tell ourselves. The wonderful thing about this is that we can change the way we think, and when we change the way we think, we change the way we feel. I see self-study or homework as an important piece of this. I want to provide skills and tools so you can continue your success even after our sessions have ended. Much like learning to play the piano, we need to practice regularly before it becomes fluid and feels natural.
I often use TEAM-CBT methods, which are methods developed by Dr. David Burns. I have found these to be powerful tools and one of the key pieces is doing regular measurements. Each week I ask my clients to do a short survey before and after the session. I want treatment to be productive for my clients and these surveys give clear information showing if we are on the right track or not. The surveys ask about mood symptoms but also ask if my client was happy with the session. This is such valuable information for me. Therapists make mistakes all the time (misunderstand the situation, think something is important when it isn’t, etc.). I have found that this post-session survey very effectively brings forward what is or is not working and in turn, helps me be the best possible therapist for each of my clients.
MA - Marriage and Family Therapy, Notre Dame de Namur University
Outside of work I love to mountain bike when I have the chance! I have a young kiddo, so can't often get out for a long ride, but usually doing something outside as a family.
Taking a little bit of time to sit outside, ideally in the sun. Even if it's just 5 minutes, just that short bit of time makes quite a difference for me.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll - this book is just so whimsical, a little scary, and generally wonderful.
Mountain biking and/or exercise is my big recharge. Even if I can't get out for a full ride, doing 10-15 minutes of movement always helps for me.
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