We have developed expertise in working with adults, adolescents, and couples from diverse backgrounds. We utilize a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapies* to treat the following issues:
- Mood disorders - depression, postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety - stress management, panic attacks, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder
- Relationship issues
- Dating issues
- Family planning
- Life transitions
- Low self-esteem
- Academic and occupational difficulties
- Feeling stuck
During the first session (consultation) we will talk about what you would like to work on and ways in which we can help you. We will also determine if we are a good match. A consultation may be useful if you are not sure whether you need or want therapy or if you are looking for a second opinion.
A typical session is 45-minutes once a week, however, depending on your needs we may meet twice a week or twice a month. Each session will be tailored to your individual needs, with a focus on your goals, difficulties impeding your progress, and strengths.
*Treatment Modalities Definitions
Psychodynamic psychotherapy changes your relationship with yourself through a process of self-examination. The focus is on internal conflicts that you may or may not be aware of or know how to resolve. The goal is to resolve these conflicts through gaining a greater awareness of yourself. Through this process, you will resolve obstacles that interfere with your goals and feel less fearful. Further, you will gain clarity and a deeper understanding of what you feel and want. Awareness will allow you to develop a more empathetic approach to thinking about yourself and, in turn, you will feel more connected to yourself and others and your ability to deal with problems will be more effective.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a problem focused and action oriented therapy that focuses on the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The goal is to identify patterns of thinking (i.e., self-judgment, catastrophic thinking, and all or nothing thinking) that lead you to feel unhappy and lead to less effective coping skills (i.e., withdrawal and avoidance) that may interfere with your life. By addressing these patterns, we can work together to develop more constructive ways of thinking that will lead to healthier and more flexible approaches to solving problems. You will feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your life. Further, you will develop specific tools that you can effectively use when life is stressful.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) combines cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindful awareness derived from Buddhist traditions. This form of therapy focuses on developing skills to cope with stress, reducing mood swings and distress, and improving relationships with others. Through mindfulness and skills training, you will develop a stable sense of self, learn to regulate your emotions, and effectively interact with others.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence based, time-limited treatment for depression and views symptoms of depression to be the result of ineffective interpersonal relationships. The goal of treatment is to decrease symptoms by increasing one’s interpersonal effectiveness thereby developing stronger and more fulfilling relationships in one’s life. Treatment emphasizes current, rather than past relationships, and focuses on various themes such as interpersonal conflicts, role transitions, grief and loss, and social skills.