Issues And Concerns That I Don't Work With There are certain life circumstances and mental health concerns for which I do not have a specialized skill set to provided the most effective treatment and therefore I do not take new clients who are experiencing or need the following:
treatment for anyone under the age of 18
involved in an open Child Protection Case
involved in a custody battle or anticipate one
court ordered for therapy
involved with any criminal/court issues
treatment for substance use disorder as a primary diagnosis
currently experiencing domestic abuse/interpersonal violence in their relationship
currently in imminent crisis with active suicidal thoughts
treatment for personality disorders
My Approach I use a multifaceted orientation that is informed by:
An interpersonal process approach (a blend of interpersonal theory, object relations theory, and family systems theory developed by Edward Teyber)
Internal Family Systems model
In general, this means that I believe people relate to others based on the patterns they have learned in their most significant relationship experiences - usually their relationship with their parents or primary caregiver. I also believe that these patterns get replicated in therapy so I will often use our relationship as a way to explore your interpersonal style and patterns.
The therapeutic techniques I use include (but are not limited to) or are informed by:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing developed by Francine Shapiro). I am an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist (www.emdria.org/page/21 for certification criteria)
Interpersonal Process (Ed Teyber) (informed)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT developed by Stephen Hayes) (informed)
*Please note that my knowledge in EMDR comes from obtaining certification through EMDRIA, an extensive training experience. Other techniques noted as "informed" mean that I have pursued additional training through sanctioned continuing education but have not obtained certification in these areas.
Group Psychotherapy Have you ever found yourself acting inconsistent with the goals you have for your relationships? For example, you might want to have a deeper connection with someone but when the opportunity arises you find yourself feeling afraid and pulling back, almost as if you have no choice. Usually these reactions have developed over time beginning with our childhood relationships.
Group psychotherapy is a very powerful type of counseling that can help you develop the kinds of connections you desire with others. It allows you to address these issues in a way that individual psychotherapy cannot.