In my psychotherapy and assessment approach, I draw from an integrated foundation of theoretically based principles. However, no matter which approach I grab from my “tool box” I make sure that it is supported by empirically supported by reputable research studies.
The primary approach I routinely draw from is based in cognitive-behavioral principles, which emphasizes how one’s thoughts and behaviors are intimately linked, and that intervening in one, has an impact on the other. Cognitive-behavioral theory, known as the “second wave” of therapy has lead the way for many popular treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, and has helped spur the “third wave” of mindfulness-based techniques, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
I primarily practice based off manualized treatments, because they are supported by research, are considered the “gold standard” for treatment, and are time-limited. This means that every client has a rough idea at the start of therapy as to the expected duration of therapy and a treatment plan and goals. My job is not to keep you in therapy forever, but to work myself out of a job as you become your own psychologist. That is how I measure success.
Because our work together is time-limited, I take a more direct approach as I believe that often times people come to therapy because they feel “stuck” and have exhausted their friends and family members. Therefore, I believe that most clients come to therapy looking for a fresh perspective, for someone to hold up the mirror to them. This is not always comfortable, and will require hard work on your part, but my task is to walk along-side you while we work to approach the “necessary pain” of growth and resilience.