MY MISSION

To bring about a more peaceful environment within oneself, one's family, and one's community.

It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.
— Thich Nhat Hanh

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.
 One step at a time to your destination.

One step at a time to your destination.