Individual Psychotherapy

My approach to therapy is based on a simple framework: first, we will look at you fully as a person –as a whole – then, we will look more closely and in-depth at your needs, strengths, goals and concerns.

In over 30 years of practice, I have learned that the client is not designed to fit a specific therapy model, but rather that such models must be formed to fit each client. I have also recognized that clients are not defined solely by their diagnosis (e.g., Depression, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Marital Discord, etc.) but, instead by a much more complex suite of experiences. In this manner, my approach to therapy can be described as integrative and eclectic in that there is neither a single formula nor one-dimensional, one-size-fits-all approach. I combine the best of cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, dialectical behavioral, humanistic, solution-focused and mindfulness- and acceptance models, as well as traditional in-sight orientated psychotherapy. These are more formally referred to as “evidence based” or “research based” psychotherapy practices. My approach is to utilize these practices in a way that also feels as “human” as possible: approachable, friendly, open and non-judgmental, attentive and available.

People have reached out to me for a variety of reasons, but the most frequent goals of those seeking help from me have been to:

Develop personal skills

  • Overcome self-defeating behaviors, emotions and thoughts – especially those associated with Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Addictions, Relationship and Marital Problems.
  • Learn new behaviors, especially ones that improve relationships.
  • Learn more effective coping strategies
  • Reduce the negative impact of chronic physical and/or mental illness
  • Develop or improve skills for problem solving, conflict resolution, stress and/or anger management
  • Learn skills for mindfulness and acceptance to reduce the intensity of a struggle

Build better relationships

  • Resolve marital problems (especially poor communication, power struggles, loss of affection, and constant arguing) and learn to heal from the hurts resulting from too many conflicts
  • Strengthen ability to choose and be a loving partner
  • Parent more effectively by learning to set boundaries, and by reducing emotional reactivity to the actions of children.
  • Decrease conflict and increase fun
  • Deal effectively with difficult people and/or demanding work and/or life situations
  • Appropriately assist impaired family members and aging parents

Break through imprisoning habits and embrace change

  • Leave poor choices and unproductive situations behind
  • Explore options
  • Create a more meaningful, manageable, and rewarding lifestyle

Heal, grow, and be happy

  • Overcome the negative impact of damaging life experiences
  • Regain safety, self-respect, trust, and confidence when recovering from victimization
  • Resolve grief and transform losses into well-earned wisdom
  • Reach a better understanding of who you are and what makes you tick
  • Increase self-esteem, confidence, and acceptance

South County Therapy
(401) 783-7977

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