Guided by the latest scientiﬁc research ﬁndings, I use evidence-based treatments to help you resolve your issues or diﬃculties and move forward with your life. After an initial assessment session, I will collaborate with you to set a treatment plan tailored to your goals, values, and priorities. The empirically-supported treatments I use most often include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a relatively short-term, goal-oriented, empirically-supported therapy that focuses on treating distressing symptoms and problematic behaviors. Emphasizing the connection among thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physiological reactions, CBT teaches clients how to modify unhelpful, unhealthy, and dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors. CBT facilitates change in a relatively short time span—clients often indicate relief of problematic symptoms in 12-20 sessions—with results that last long-term.
CBT has been extensively studied for 40-50 years, and research has demonstrated its effectiveness in treating many disorders, such as depression, bulimia, sleep problems, and the spectrum of anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a structured, goal-oriented, research-based therapy that helps couples resolve their difficulties and attain greater understanding, connection, and intimacy in their relationships. Gottman Method Couples Therapy helps couples increase their respect, affection, and closeness with one another; resolve conﬂicts when they feel stuck; produce greater understanding with each other; and facilitate conﬂict discussions in a calm manner.
Based on empirical data derived from 30-40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples, Dr. John Gottman discovered what actually works in couples who maintain long-term, healthy relationships, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy teaches those skills to struggling couples.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a short-term, empirically-supported treatment that focuses on interpersonal skills. IPT explores emotions, relationships and experiences, and interpersonal diﬃculties. By focusing on current relationships and social behavior that may facilitate or maintain distressing symptoms, IPT teaches speciﬁc skills to improve relationships and social interactions. Research on IPT indicates rapid improvement in symptoms and more satisfying relationships.
Studied for 30-40 years, IPT has been especially effective in alleviating depression, and has also successfully treated eating disorders and substance abuse.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically-based, relatively new form of therapy that comes from the idea that psychological suffering stems from experiential avoidance and cognitive entanglement that result in an inability to behave in accordance with one’s core values. ACT focuses on increasing psychological ﬂexibility through acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavioral strategies. ACT helps individuals clarify personal values and begin to live according to them, resulting in greater meaning and fulﬁllment in their life.