Services


Mindfulness Based Therapy
 
Mindfulness therapy teaches how to focus attention.  By focusing on the present moment I can let go of regrets about the past and worries about the future.  It offers students the ability to pay attention to things like breath, steps when walking, trees and birds or the content of our mind.  As the capacity to pay attention grows, so does the ability to chose where focus will be placed. With practice, students of mindfulness learn to know and understand the content of their minds, unhook from reactivity that comes from intense emotions and resulting regrettable behaviors, and calm themselves by focusing on the body and immediate surroundings.
 
A key component of mindfulness is becoming aware of the inner critic and cultivating non-judgement.  Criticisms of the self and others often lead to difficulty in relationships and challenges with self acceptance. Developing the non-judgemental stance can improve positive experiences, increase one's ability to be compassionate and let go of blaming others for our own suffering. 
 
Even 5 minutes of daily practice can lead to more peaceful feelings, better decision making and more effective behaviors.

 

 

MBT has proven effective with challenges in the following areas:

  •     Anxiety
  •     Depression
  •     ADD/ADHD
  •     PTSD
  •     Addictions
  •     Mood instability
  •     Dissociation
  •     Impulsivity (acting before thinking)
  •     Pain and body discomfort
  •     Relationships
  •     Stress Reduction

 

Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Therapy designed for Borderline Personality Disorder and many other conditions where managing emotions is challenging

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition that generates significant emotional instability. This can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. With BPD, you may have a severely distorted self-image and feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you may desire to have loving and lasting relationships.

If you have BPD, don't get discouraged! Many people with this disorder get better with treatment, and can live satisfying lives.

I use a model of treatment based on the popular Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). With a combination of individual therapy where we work to identify patterns of self harm and heal old wounds - and group therapy where skills are learned, you will receive a comprehensive system of support.

The components of your therapy will include:

Mindfulness – through daily practice of present moment awareness, you will learn to identify thoughts and feelings, to untangle from them and to develop a non-judgmental perspective toward self and others.

Crisis management – you will learn to develop a toolbox of skills for helping you to calm down before reacting when emotional crisis occurs. You will practice self care and manage your stress in health affirming ways.

Emotion regulation – building emotional intelligence is critical to managing the overwhelm that comes with BPD. You will learn to identify your emotional states, understand the relationship between emotions, thoughts and actions and begin to employ more skillful ways of working with your emotional self.

Assertiveness training – learning to set appropriate boundaries is critical for the person with BPD. In this module you will learn how to respect yourself and others, and communicate your needs clearly and effectively.

 

Counseling for Chronic Illness and Drug-free Pain Management

 

Are you struggling with chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer, fibromyalgia, Lyme's disease, obesity or heart disease? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the emotional and mental aspects of your illness? If so, you are not alone. These reactions are normal and I understand what you are going through. Being at risk for serious illness or trying to cope with symptoms is just plain challenging. Caring for yourself requires more effort under these circumstances.

That's why I’m here - to help you sort through the myriad of emotions and difficult decisions facing you each day.

Living with chronic or terminal illness puts a strain on you, and possibly your family. I can help you handle your emotions more peacefully, and employ lifestyle changes that will lower your risk of acquiring illness or minimize serious complications.

 

I offer compassionate care that springs from personal experience much like yours. Cancer struck my family in 1995. Over the next fourteen years, each of my family members (Mom, Dad, and sisters Lynn and Ann) each embarked on their own personal journey with anger, rage, sadness, grief, pain, nausea, restlessness, confusion, angst and varying degrees of acceptance. Each journey was unique, each was filled with courage and determination and each one died with dignity and grace. It was both the greatest privilege and biggest challenge of my life to walk beside them while they suffered and to say good-bye. It is the reason I became a therapist – so that I can offer the gift of support to others who are struggling with illness. I know the effects on individuals and their families. It can be devastating and it can be joyful – all at once!

I want to support you in living your life to the fullest - no matter what your circumstances may be. Offering a special blend of compassion, understanding and knowledge I can help you cope and build the healthiest life possible.

 

You will become more accepting of your illness, yourself and clarify your sense of what’s meaningful in your life. You’ll take pride in your ability to adapt, creating clever solutions for self care, comfort, family relations, work and play.

 

My goal is to help you increase comfort and decrease pain – whether physical pain or that of emotional reactivity. To put you back in control, armed with the belief that your life is worth living, every moment of it.