What is your therapist superpower?
I think colleagues would say that my therapeutic super powers are confronting with kindness and care and bringing authentic connection to the therapeutic relationship.
What is one thing that you have learned through your own therapy?
The most important experiences that have impacted my work with clients are my own personal experience with adversity and the ways I’ve utilized therapy to transcend and overcome it.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would
they be and why?
The two most important books I’ve read on therapy are Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller and Loves Executioner by Irving Yalom. In the former, Miller does a beautiful job of capturing the emotional vulnerability of the childhood developmental years and assists the reader with recognizing the rich emotional world of children and the importance of it being attended to adequately by parents. The second recognizes the central importance of the therapeutic relationship as the main agent of change in psychotherapy.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.