Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used during sessions and is a form of psychotherapy that is goal oriented and designed to help individuals change their perceptions, patterns of thinking, and behaviors. It allows clients to gain a deeper understanding of who they are, and the basis of their behaviors.
My background with eating disorders is extensive and I am truly passionate about helping all individuals who struggle with restrictive eating, overeating, over exercising, body dysmorphia, low self esteem and any fears that exist around food. A lot of the work incorporated into my practice involves helping individuals identify their personal strengths while becoming comfortable with who they are. In addition, I work on restructuring thought processes, finding healthy and appropriate behaviors, and examining support systems.
Areas of Expertise
When working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety it is important to first become educated on anxiety and how it often functions as our body's natural response to stress. In addition to understanding anxiety, I also work with clients on identifying the types of anxiety they are experiencing, and the specific triggers that evoke these feelings. Clients then work on developing coping mechanisms and effective strategies, as well as examining where the root of their stress stems from.
Many individuals experience feelings of depression which negatively affects their mood, affect, ability to perform day to day functions, and outlook. Therefore when working with clients, it is important to set goals, review precipitating and predisposing factors. It is also important to identify healthy support systems, and practice reframing thoughts, so clients are better equipped to be successful throughout their day.
As a clinician, I believe everyone has something positive to contribute to a relationship. I believe it is important clients feel comfortable, safe and valued during each session.
I also do not believe our struggles define us, but instead make us stronger individuals, parents, friends, siblings, co-workers etc., and should be used as learning experiences to promote self-growth.
Clients work on perspective taking, reframing thoughts, and identifying their strengths so they can begin to understand and process their thoughts and emotions. Clients begin to understand the functions of their behaviors, and how to change their thought processes so they are confident in who they are.