In our work together, I use approaches to therapy that research has established to be helpful in treatment. Therapy is not one size fits all, so please keep in mind that although these are general approaches I use in providing therapy, my approach to your treatment is based on your individual needs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
I utilize (CBT) to educate and increase your awareness of the automatic thought patterns, behavior patterns and emotional responses that obstruct your ability to positively address your circumstances. Together we seek to identify and explore negative patterns and then figure out practical skills to stop these self-defeating thoughts and establish new, constructive thought and behavior patterns to support healthy changes.
CBT stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of problems and disorders. CBT techniques differ for children and adults.
Solution Focused Therapy
I utilize solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) to focus on what clients would like to achieve through therapy rather than on their troubles or mental health issues. Together, I will help you envision a desirable future, and then help you map out the small and large changes necessary for you to undergo to realize your vision. My role as the therapist is to use any success the client experiences to help encourage the client to build on their strengths rather than dwell on their problems and limitations. This technique differs for children and adults.
Behavioral therapy/modification encourages good behavior and discourages unwanted behavior by setting specific doable goals, providing rewards and consequences, and keeping the use of reward and consequences consistent. Overtime, these strategies will shape your child’s behavior in a positive way. I utilize behavioral therapy to encourage children and adolescents to try new behaviors and not to allow negative reinforcements to dictate the ways in which they act. Strategies vary widely based on the child and adolescent. This type of therapy also involves parents getting involved in learning techniques and then implementing them at home. This approach includes stress management strategies, relaxation training, and teaching coping skills. The child should show some progress overtime and be able to learn to deal with things by situation, and learn to cope with difficult situations at home and school.
Generally, play therapy is used for children ages 3-11. I utilize play therapy to help communicate with children and understand their mental health. Because children develop cognitive skills before language skills, play is an effective way to understand a child and identify issues. Play therapy also helps give children a voice to their thoughts and feelings. I also use games that are therapeutically designed to help children practice new skills and identify new ways to cope with problems.
Self-care encourages you to view the larger picture of your life and make adjustments to incorporate healthful practices. A commitment to self-care can prevent burnout and helps you to physically, emotionally, and spiritually thrive, not just survive.
Psychoeducation informs you about your condition, diagnosis, and the approaches to treatment in a manner that you understand. Simply put, psychoeducation provides knowledge and knowledge empowers you. Psychoeducation pertaining to children is usually discussed with the parent, either alone or with the child, based on what the needs are.