In each of our psychotherapy practices, we offer treatment based on an assessment of the unique needs, goals and resources of each individual, couple or family. We regularly share our observations with clients and view treatment as an active collaboration with them. Our work draws on psychodynamic, family systems, and mind-body centered interventions and includes the following core strategies.
Psychoeducation: Having a framework for understanding distressing experiences, behavioral problems, or relational challenges can offer relief and hope. We provide information and educational materials based on current research in neuroscience and psychology to help clients and their families make sense of the challenges they are facing.
Therapeutic Alliance: The relationship between client and therapist has been shown to be a powerful predictor of outcomes in psychotherapy. We work to create a safe and collaborative relationship with clients.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is an empirically-validated tool in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, anger management, and self-harmful behaviors. We help clients to cultivate the capacity to pay attention to their experience, in the present moment, and without attachment to any judgment. An attitude of curiosity and openness allows clients to observe and more easily tolerate their experience of thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the body. Often, when observed in this manner, the intensity of the sensation, thought, or feeling lightens.
Emotion Regulation: Developing skills to identify and effectively express one’s feelings improves an individual’s ability to function more comfortably and to get along better with others. We help clients to create a toolbox of skills for calming themselves, tolerating distress, and communicating and resolving conflict constructively with others.
Mind-Body Focus: In a manner that respects the pace and comfort of clients, we invite them to notice their sensations, impulses, thoughts, and feelings. We help identify resources and achieve greater integration by attending to both the body and the mind.