We all have times when the challenges and issues that we face seem too great to handle on our own. It can be helpful at these times to discuss our problems in a safe and supportive environment with someone who has experience dealing with these challenges and issues. I believe that therapy is a partnership between you and the therapist client who work together to come up with creative solutions to these challenges and issues.
While I draw from many psychotherapy theories, much of my work is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT. According to CBT, it is not outside situations or events that cause our problems. Rather, it is our beliefs, perceptions, and thoughts about these situations or events that lead to emotional distress and unhelpful, unproductive behaviors. We can improve our mental health by becoming aware of, disputing and replacing these unhelpful thoughts with productive and positive thoughts. As a result, we can decrease emotional distress and increase how we function in the social, occupational, romantic, and spiritual spheres of our lives.
This approach is brief and collaborative and requires time and effort on both your part and that of the therapist. I will not tell you what to do or how you should live your life. Rather, we will examine your situation together and explore creative alternatives that you can put into practice in your life outside of therapy in as brief a time as possible.
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