What Do I Offer?
While I offer therapy for a variety of mental health issues, I specialize in treating children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, and trauma-related symptoms (including PTSD). If you or a loved one are experiencing panic attacks, social anxiety, general anxiety, separation anxiety, perfectionism, OCD, depression, or symptoms related to a traumatic event, I can help. When anxiety sets in, it can feel like it is both running and "ruining" your life. Research shows that cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most helpful treatment for people dealing with anxiety disorders (including OCD and PTSD).
What does fear take from you...independence? freedom? relationships? happiness? My goal is to help my clients to fight back against thier anxiety, so it can no longer run the show. Once you learn to be the master of your fear, you open up the doors to a life of balance, opportunity, and joy.
Why Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
Change is hard for everyone...and no matter how bad you know you need to change, getting the ball rolling can seem impossible. One of the biggest reasons why I have chosen to work with clients using CBT is because it's evidence-based, brief, effective, and teaches people how to be their own "therapist" when future problems arise. Together we work to change the thought and behavior patterns that are holding you back from making the changes you want to make. The thoughts we tell ourselves are fuel for our emotional and behavioral well-being. I work to help my clients choose more helpful and productive thoughts, so they have the fuel they need to heal and thrive.
CBT is considered a brief therapy, and for most problems improvement in symptoms can be seen quickly. Generally, the length of therapy is between 12-22 sessions. When we have met our goals, therapy is complete and clients can move forward with the attitude and skills they need to face life's challenges. Please note: Exposure therapy (ERP) is a main component of treatment, especially in treating OCD.