Specialties and Modalities
Trauma is defined as anything that happens to a person or anything witnessed that the individual did not not have the skills to cope with at the time. Immediately following a traumatic event people often feel shock, or denial. Trauma responses vary greatly from person to person but can include severe mood swings, increased alertness, unwanted thoughts or nightmares, insomnia, headaches, nausea, and generally feeling unsafe. Trauma can be treated by Narrative Therapy, CBT, DBT Skills, and MBSR.
Depression can feel like lack of energy, overwhelming sadness, and despair. It can suck the joy out of activities and interests one used to enjoy, and extinguish motivation to seek out new experiences. Depression can be treated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
In individual therapy, a person is free to express themselves and explore their experience in the world to better make sense of their life and increase fulfillment. Individual therapy allows a person to feel seen and heard, find skills to manage difficult emotions and experiences, and create a life worth living.
Substance abuse can leave a person feeling out of control of their own life. When a person abuses substances, their ability to function in their relationships, jobs, education and other areas of life suffer. The substance use can become the top priority in a person's life and prevent them from being able to manage activities of daily living, including basic hygiene. Often, a person uses substances in order to cope with something they do not have the skills to manage on their own. Substance abuse can be treated with DBT skills, CBT, MBSR, and ACT.
Self-esteem issues present themselves for a variety of reasons, and can be perpetuated by mental health issues. Low self-esteem is characterized by low self-worth, and a lack of belief in oneself. Thoughts like, "I'm worthless," or "I'm not good enough," haunt the person. Feelings such as shame or guilt accompany self-esteem issues. Self-esteem issues can be treated through CBT, ACT, MBSR and Behavior Therapy.
Couples therapy examines partners as a unit, and explores the unhealthy dynamics causing distress to the relationship. Couples therapy encourages partners to learn new ways of communicating with each other, engaging in re-establishing trust, and increasing intimacy to bring partners closer together and find increased satisfaction in the relationship.
Anxiety can be crippling and leave a person feeling helpless and stuck. Fear perpetuates anxiety, and often causes an otherwise healthy person to withdraw and isolate to protect themselves. This isolation increases fear, and thus the cycle of anxiety traps a person. Anxiety can be treated through a variety of interventions including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Exposure Therapy.
Relationship issues impact both partners in different ways. Channels of communication are closed off or dysfunctional and this can leave partners feeling frustrated, confused, unheard, sad, angry, and alone. Treating relationship issues varies based on the dynamics of the people involved, but increasing effective communication skills, re-establishing trust, increasing intimacy are some of the paths to healing.
Family therapy looks at the family as a system and takes into account all of the individuals that are coming together to create the system. Family therapy evaluates the dynamics in the system that are causing dysfunction and introduces skills to manage them. It often includes skill building exercises in effective communication, parenting, and boundary setting to increase trust and re-establish healthy family dynamics.