It's just you and me, so we have options!
Something's got you anxious or down, even if you can't put a finger on what that "something" is. Whether you're experiencing anxiety about specific stressors, transitions, you have phobias or persistent worry... or you just can't even remember back to a time when you didn't feel tense or sad, I'm glad you found your way to this website.
I'd like to come alongside you on your journey toward relief. Some people feel much better right away, and with others it takes time. Many say that progress is a relief of it's own. You really can experience self-acceptance, increased clarity and calm, and be more at ease with your thoughts, emotions, and urges.
I help people who experience anxiety-related disorders (including OCD, body dysmorphic disorder, generalized anxiety, and repetitive body focused behavior such as skin picking and hair pulling/ trichotillomania), PTSD, and depression.
Approaches I use are fairly varied, since different people benefit from different styles. I always utilize (what we call in "the biz") evidence-based practices, so you can trust that I'm not just making things up as I go. Who you are, what you've experienced, and how you perceive the world are very important to me. As we explore, I offer alternatives for things that might be holding you back. I especially like Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. If you want to know a brief description of each, keep reading!
Exposure and Response Prevention: "The Exposure in ERP refers to exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, objects and situations that make you anxious and/or start your obsessions. While the Response Prevention part of ERP refers to making a choice not to do a compulsive behavior once the anxiety or obsessions have been 'triggered.'" -iocdf.org
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: "CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way." -mayoclinic.org
CBT acknowledges the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, with a focus on changing unhelpful thoughts.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: "The goal of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is to increase psychological flexibility, or the ability to enter the present moment more fully and either change or persist in behavior when doing so serves valued ends."- apa.org
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: "MBCT combines training in mindfulness meditation practices with principles from cognitive therapy. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize and contribute to mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them." -brown.edu