Whether you are seeking help with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or other life challenges, these treatment modalities can help bring relief and meaningful change.
Integrative and dynamic therapy tailored to your unique needs. In person in Pasadena and virtually throughout California.
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Types of Therapy
Here are some of the theories that inform my practice and the techniques I use most frequently. Please schedule a free consultation if you would like additional information about the types of therapy I provide.
Somatic therapy works by addressing the feedback loop that runs between the mind and body. By helping clients move out of the fight/flight/freeze response, somatic techniques help facilitate full engagement with life. It is used for the treatment of trauma and PTSD, anxiety, depression, and many other conditions. Methods include Hakomi, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Somatic Experiencing.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you recognize negative or unhelpful thought and behavior patterns. The goal of CBT is to replace self-defeating thoughts with more encouraging and realistic ones, which leads to improvements in mood and behavior. CBT is one of the most studied therapy approaches and is considered by many experts to be the best treatment available for a number of mental health conditions.
During Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, the client briefly focuses on a trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements or tapping). EMDR is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and OCD, among other conditions.
Mindfulness therapy helps clients develop greater awareness of their thoughts, feelings, and the world around them. This increased awareness helps them avoid destructive and automatic responses and habits. Benefits include decreased depression and anxiety symptoms, improved focus and memory, less stress, more relationship satisfaction, and increased overall quality of life.
Humanistic therapy is a growth-oriented approach based on the concept that humans have the power to make healthy decisions. An empathetic and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship helps the client recognize their inner strengths and innate capacity to meet their own needs. Humanistic therapy has been shown to be effective as a treatment for depression, anxiety, addiction, personality disorders, and relationship issues.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy focuses on helping people accept the reality of their lives and behaviors while also helping them learn to change their lives and unhelpful behaviors. It is an effective treatment for individuals who experience emotions very intensely, such as those with borderline personality disorder. DBT aims to cultivate mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Through self-reflection, self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client's life, a wide range of mental health problems and stress-related physical ailments can improve, and the benefits of the therapy grow after treatment has ended, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
Hakomi therapy, also known as the Hakomi method, is a mindful, body-centered approach to psychotherapy that uses experiential techniques and somatic awareness to encourage positive individual transformation and growth.
In this form of experiential therapy, the human body is viewed as a resource to access unconscious materials from formative experiences that have shaped a person’s core memories, beliefs, and psychological outlook.
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a research-proven approach to couples therapy that views an insecure attachment as being the cause of disagreements between partners. Through EFT, clients experience, accept, and transform negative emotions and relationship patterns into positive interactions and a secure emotional attachment. When the feeling that your partner is there for you and cares about your needs is re-established, most problems can be resolved.