To bring about a more peaceful environment within oneself, one's family, and one's community.
WHAT I OFFER
For those seeking therapy for challenges due to life transitions, relationship struggles, work or school related stress, or who would like to improve the quality of their lives, I offer therapy sessions that are based in mindfulness, self-compassion, and CBT-based theories. I work with teens, young adults, families, and parents.
In the DBT realm, I work with teens and young adults. I offer Comprehensive DBT to those who would benefit from its structured approach and whose symptoms put them at higher risk. For individuals who do choose DBT, I offer weekly DBT sessions, weekly DBT skills training, and DBT skills coaching. I also consult with my DBT team on a weekly basis.
What is Dialectical behavior therapy (dbt)?
- DBT is an evidence-based practice (translation: DBT has been well-researched and has a protocol).
- Dr. Marsha Linehan out of the University of Washington developed DBT.
- DBT is based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), but has some important additives--mindfulness/acceptance-based practices and dialectics.
- Dialectics are ways of looking at two things that appear opposite and finding the "kernel of truth" in both perspectives.
- Research shows that DBT can treat Borderline Personality Disorder, chronic self-injury, and suicidality.
- DBT also helps people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders to increase optimal functioning.
- DBT incorporates four areas of skill-building: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
- DBT can be practiced with adolescents and adults.
- DBT is focused on making life worth living.
- DBT has four components: individual therapy, skills training, skills coaching, and consultation for the therapist.