work from a strength-based perspective, which uses the client’s history
as a guide, but focuses on finding practical ways to bring healing and
hope to their present challenges. Rather than adopting a passive
"reflective-listener" role, I actively collaborate with my clients
throughout our work together.
typical treatment process begins with a multi-dimensional assessment.
The assessment includes extensive history gathering and asking the
client to complete various questionnaires that provide me information
vital to the development of an accurate diagnostic perspective of the
presenting symptoms and issues. I then work with the client to develop
clear goals for our work together, identifying what specific changes
will signal that desired progress is being made.
I request that the client complete questionnaires that assess their mood and other symptoms at the beginning and end of every session. I also ask for feedback as to how the client felt each session went. This process allows me to have a more accurate understanding of how the client is feeling internally and how we are progressing with the treatment, in order to increase the likelihood of a positive therapeutic outcome.
I approach treatment from the
perspective that genetics, temperament, and family dynamics influence a
person's response to difficult experiences. In treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder, I find that
individuals have significant characteristics of resiliency and strength
that have been overshadowed in attempts to cope with life stressors. My
treatment process involves identifying and disrupting distorted response
patterns in order to restore appropriate self-worth, realistic
optimism, and relational health.
I aim to use
therapeutic approaches that I've found clinically beneficial in creating
change and those that are "evidenced-based," meaning that research has
demonstrated their effectiveness. My treatment approach is primarily shaped by the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model, a neurologically-based, trauma-informed perspective foundational to EMDR Therapy. My
theoretical orientation also incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral
and Family Systems Theory. Other perspectives informing my work include the Gottman Institute approach to couples therapy, Love & Logic® parenting strategies, and the Amen Clinic's brain-based assessment and treatment planning.
Additionally, I find referrals to
other professionals for concurrent services can support the process of
therapy in vital ways, so I coordinate treatment with physicians,
psychiatrists, registered dietitians, naturopathic practitioners, and
other types of providers as appropriate.