By engaging in a dynamic relationship with an empathic and non-judgmental therapist, clients can come to understand how experiences in their early lives affect current feelings about themselves and their current relationships. This can help a client to break free from negative and repetitive behavioural patterns.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy [CBT]
This approach can be very helpful when used to address issues of anxiety and depression. It involves learning to recognize the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The client then learns to break certain unhealthy or irrational thought and behavioural patterns by learning to identify them and then to counter them through developing a healthier internal dialogue.
I am a trained facilitator of the Triple P, Positive Parenting Program and I am trained in attachment-focused parenting and I offer different elements of each of these modalities. I also use my training as a couples therapist with parents who are coming to me for support as dealing with issues with kids often stresses even the best of relationships.
Drawing on my training in yoga and meditation and combining this approach with CBT, I support clients to become more aware of the interconnection between their thoughts, feelings, behaviour, and bodily sensations. I support clients to not only become more aware of their thought patterns but to become more accepting of their thoughts and feelings.
While CBT teaches clients to identify and challenge irrational thoughts, mindfulness teaches clients to become more accepting of their thoughts overall. As they become less judgmental of their thoughts and feelings, clients often find themselves feeling calmer and more accepting of themselves. This approach can also help clients to feel generally more in control of their lives as it can help them to address what they wish to change in their lives or behaviour and how to accept everything else.
My approach to couples therapy is to act as a facilitator for couples in distress. By focusing on underlying emotions, and by teaching couples to recognize healthier ways to communicate their needs, positive patterns of interaction can be achieved.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment that helps to alleviate the psychological stress from various forms of trauma. It incorporates elements from a number of different treatment modalities.