How Does Psychotherapy Work?

Psychotherapy sessions with me begin with a check-in — I’ll ask you how you’re doing. Next I’ll ask you what you’d like to work on that day. You may want to talk about how you are feeling or what you are thinking. You may want to reason things out with me, or want help solving a problem they’re having. Based on that conversation, I’ll come up with a new skill that we can work on that day. You’ll then practice that new skill after you leave the office. This allows people to feel better or resolve their difficulties as quickly as possible. Research show that the work done during and after therapy sessions actually modifies your neural pathways by weakening the pathways of old habits and strengthening the pathways of your new way of being. Practicing new skills is like doing reps with weights, and as the new neural pathways strength, soon that new behavior become automatic.

I specialize in brief, solution-focused treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. I’m also highly adept at helping clients navigate transitions such as divorce, uncoupling, career changes, and bereavement, as well as adjustments to environmental stressors such as trauma, illness, interpersonal conflict, and job pressure. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

I use cutting-edge techniques that can help you quickly make progress or move beyond some problems that are not getting better in your current situation, such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Informed Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Psychotherapy sessions and homework assignments can help in a variety of ways. By developing and practicing new and different skills, patients learn new ways of thinking, feeling, and responding in difficult situations. They also learn how to let go of the past and the future in ways that have been negatively affecting them. Psychotherapy can also help clarify values and help patients also make more meaning and find more joy in life.



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