My approach & philosophy
My philosophy is that psychotherapy works best when the therapist and the client agree on goals, and work together to reach them in a reasonable amount of time. I have advanced formal training and extensive clinical experience in:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This evidence-based psychotherapy is designed to facilitate awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, assisting the clients in achieving their goals. CBT offers tools for learning and changing cognitive distortions, improving emotional regulation, and eliciting functional behaviors.
- Clinical Hypnosis: This evidence-based adjunct treatment addresses medical and mental health symptoms. Clinical hypnosis relies on focusing techniques, where the client is in control of the process, in the setting of a strong and supportive therapeutic relationship. Combined with CBT, clinical hypnosis has been shown to improve outcomes.
- Cue-Centered Therapy: This is a flexible, manualized evidence-based intervention addressing childhood experiences of trauma (Dr. Carrion, Stanford Medicine).
In addition, I am trained in, and when appropriate, draw from Depth/Psychodynamic and Humanistic/Client-Centered psychotherapies.
As for my psychotherapy style, I am relational, focusing on building and maintaining a supportive therapeutic relationship. It is my hope that you leave psychotherapy with useful learned skills.