I use different types of treatment approaches based on your unique needs and goals in counseling. Here are some of them:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a research supported therapy that helps us change our behavior and emotions, by changing their thoughts. It involves us identifying and challenging irrational thoughts that are not based in reality. Once we understand and challenge these thoughts, we can see a positive change in our everyday behaviors and emotions.
When our thoughts are irrational, we may make assumptions, jump to conclusions, or may make things seem worse than what they really are (also called catastrophizing). This can make us to have anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, and engage in unhealthy behavior patterns (such as abusing substances, or engaging in self-harm).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps us by providing different types of skills to use in our daily lives. Some of these skills include those that teach us to stay present in the moment, regulate our emotions in a healthier way, cope with distress, and have healthier relationships. DBT involves patients actively practicing new skills learned in each session.
The term “dialectical” means a balance between two opposites- acceptance and change. DBT involves accepting things that we cannot change in our reality, and actively changing the things we have control over. These can include changing unhealthy patterns of thinking and behavior.
This type of therapy also encourages us to stay away from the idea of black of white thinking or “tunnel vision”. It helps us see the “grey area” or middle ground in different situations.
DBT is also helpful with managing trauma and PTSD. DBT teaches skills to stay focused and grounded in the moment rather than jumping into the past. It is helpful for dealing with upsetting emotions related to intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and other trauma related signs.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) helps us heal from emotional disturbances and trauma caused by distressing life experiences. In EMDR, an individual learns to safely associate themselves to the body sensations, images and thoughts related to an unpleasant or traumatic event.
The brain’s natural healing abilities are used to process, and neutralize unpleasant memories. This involves getting rid of distress associated with thoughts, emotions, and body sensations related to trauma. In addition to talk therapy, EMDR relies on bilateral stimulation where the left and right parts of the brain are stimulated. This can be done through eye movements, touch and sounds.
One of the benefits of EMDR treatment is that it does not need too much discussion of past painful memories. This makes it comfortable for those who find it difficult to talk about their distressing memories or find them too painful. Many research studies have shown that EMDR treatment can lead to faster results compared to other forms of treatment. You can learn more about EMDR here.
Counseling can have a positive impact on the rest of your life and help you discover the best version of yourself. Let’s get you there!