Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, also known as CBT, is an evidence-based therapy modality (which is a fancy way of saying that research shows this approach works). CBT emphasizes the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and how being able to recognize and change the way we think can have a positive impact on our feelings as well as how we handle our emotions and situations. It is an approach that works well to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as a host of other mental health disorders. I lean heavily on CBT principles in conjunction with more holistic practices to help people change their thinking as well as develop healthier and more effective coping skills.
About Solution-Focused Interventions
Many people mistakenly believe it requires years and years of therapy to make any appreciable change or progress. While this can be true for some individuals, for many people therapy can be a brief intervention geared toward helping them better understand their strengths and goals for the future. My job is to help people better understand what they are actually trying to change and implement plans to move them more quickly toward this change.
Anxiety and Depression
Most people experience periods of sadness or worry in their lives; however, if you are experiencing prolonged periods of sadness or hoplessness, or you find that anxiety is overwhelming you on a regular basis, you may have a more significant problem that needs therapeutic intervention.
Treatment focuses for anxiety and depression heavily focus on solution and goal-oriented approaches with a specific emphasis on changing distorted thoughts and developing more effective coping mechanisms.
Women's Mental Health
Women face a myriad of challenges (including but not limited to) becoming a new mother, raising multiple children, struggling with marriage or intimate partnership, and balancing work and family life. Sometimes the people who provide the most support for others end up feeling like they have the least support.
Counseling for Postpartum Depression, Trauma and Sexual Assault, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Stress Management, and Relationship Discord
Treatment interventions include but are not limited to:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
** Advanced Training in Perinatal Mental Health
** Listed with Postpartum Support Virginia as approved provider
** Membership in the DC Metro Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative
** PMH-C (Perinatal Mental Health Certification) Anticipated 2019
Many people assume that couples counseling is the last ditch effort before divorce. I believe that maintaining healthy communication and relationship dynamics requires constant work, and couples counseling can be a part of this long before problems escalate. I help couples in various relationship stages from dating through separation improve communication skills, increase quality time, and co-parent more effectively.
Throughout my experience working with couples and families, I have come to understand how becoming a parent can cause significant strain on a couple’s relationship. It is an incredible milestone in life that is also difficult to navigate while achieving balance. Whether you are new parents struggling to adjust from your dyad to a triad (or more!) or are trying to set boundaries with adult children living in your home, addressing parenting dynamics, communication, and skills are essential to improving and maintaining the health of your relationship as a couple.
Additionally, there are unique challenges when a couple is co-parenting after their relationship ends. I believe special care must be taken to ensure children are able to maintain as much consistency as possible regardless of which parent is caring for them at any given time. Therapy for parents who are trying to co-parent after divorce or separation may be necessary to help them mitigate distress for their children.
I also offer couples services for people seeking pre-marital counseling, trying to improve trust and communication, and maintaining relationship health for those couples who are separated due to career requirements, such as military deployment.
Sometimes children encounter difficulties that parents and caregivers find difficult to help them navigate. Oftentimes externalizing behaviors such as tantrums, defiance, and inattention can extend past the scope of normal developmental behavior and signal a
more significant underlying issue.
Common treatment approaches utilized with children include but are not limited to:
Play Therapy Interventions
Sand Tray Therapy Interventions
I offer child therapy services that focus on both mental and behavioral health to children aged 6 and older. Children under the age of 6 will be evaluated on a case by case basis. However, parenting skills coaching can be offered to parents of children of any age.
There are many times when trauma goes undiagnosed and presents itself through anxiety and depression. Anyone can be affected, and everyone's experience is different. It is my goal to help individuals, couples, and families better understand trauma, its symptoms, and how it affects everyday life, while also providing treatment that focuses on management and resolution of trauma symptoms.
With children, I specifically use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) interventions. Although this specific type of treatment was not developed for adults, I do use many of the guiding principles regardless of a client's age.
Adolescents generally find it difficult to eloquently verbalize their feelings. They are often overwhelmed and even confused by the number of complex feelings that come as they move toward adulthood. However, for teens, many conflicts involve differences between family members or issues over expectations of parents, in addition to peer and school pressures.
Services offered to assist adolescent clients include trauma-focused treatment, assistance with reducing self-harming behaviors/suicidality, reducing oppositional behaviors, improving school performance, and increasing positive family interactions.