How well do you know yourself and how well do you value the unique and amazing person you are? If the answer to these questions is not very well, it can affect all aspects of your life. In our work together, we’ll seek to heal the relationship you have to yourself and allow you to be more connected to your own experience and feelings. Your relationship with yourself can get disconnected in many ways throughout life including trauma, abuse (including sexual, emotional, verbal, physical) difficult and unhealthy relationships, difficult experiences as a child, divorce, loss of loved ones, bullying, economic hardship, parental instability, and many other circumstances. These circumstances can cause you to experience the following things among others: anxiety, not knowing what you like or value, depression, trauma, loss, grief, anger, low self-worth, disconnection, loneliness, difficulty communicating, conflict.
We will address your goals using the type of therapy that best fits your needs. Some of the types of therapy you can expect when working with me include:
CBT-Cognitive behavioral therapy. This looks at how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are related and how we can gain a different point of view as we change and challenge any one of these to affect the others.
ACT-Acceptance and commitment therapy. This builds on CBT and adds some mindfulness, awareness of the present moment, and a look at what you truly value in life and living in line with those values. Along with this we will work through having more compassion for yourself and consider ways you are communicating with yourself.
EMDR-Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. I explain this more here
Interpersonal neurobiology and polyvagal theory involve helping you recognize when your nervous system is in fight or flight mode or shutdown mode and move toward amore regulated state in your nervous system. It also gives insight into how interactions with other people affect our emotional states.
Assertive communication skills and Gottman Couples Method- These involve learning skills to communicate effectively with others, set boundaries, remain connected to yourself and others, and to manage inevitable conflict that arises in relationships.