How I Work

Mindfulness

These days, mindfulness has been the focus of much of the therapy world, with many studies showing the benefits of adding it to many types of therapy, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).  CBT is based on the cognitive model, which in a nutshell states that the situations in your life are not your problem, but the way you interpret them is.  This is not your fault; you probably don’t even realize you are doing it.  Everyone has automatic thoughts, like a recording that is playing in your mind, and you feel you have no control over it.  When the thoughts are negative, they are often interpreted as fact, when they are not necessarily true.  What drives those particular negative thoughts is the way you were brought up, and what your assumptions and core beliefs are.  These are all things that can be worked on with CBT.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

CBT involves making action plans, which are things you do at home between sessions.  This helps you remember what was covered during the session and improves on the problems we address in the session as well.  Slowly over time, you will make changes in your life in the direction of where you want to land.  As things improve in your life, so too does your mood.

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution-focused brief therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on what you want out of your life instead of focusing exclusively on your problems. It can be very hopeful and uplifting to talk about what you really want instead of what you don’t want. It doesn’t mean you can’t vent about your problems but the questions you will get asked are thought-provoking and really make you think, long after the session is over. This type of therapy often produces results very quickly, sometimes even after just one session. If you’re looking for something different then this may be the right one for you.

Client-Centered Therapy

Does all of this sound like more than you can handle?  Fear not; there are some people that just need a listening ear and a place to vent their frustrations, without having to work too hard.  For those people, we have client-centered therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, which embodies the three tenets of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.  Those are all things that I hold to no matter what techniques are being used in a session, so if you just want to talk, that is perfectly fine, in fact, you are the expert of you, so you will be in charge of where we go in sessions…but don’t worry, I will be there every step of the way.

All sessions are currently done via telephone or video, whichever you prefer until further notice.