Theories, Tools & Techniques

As an integrative therapist I draw from a range of theories, tools and techniques to best meet the needs of each individual client. These may include any or all the following approaches (listed alphabetically):

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is among the most popular and best researched approaches to therapy. CBT focuses on changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and is especially helpful in treating anxiety, OCD, depression, social skills deficits and eating disorders.

Distance Counseling

Distance counseling utilizes communication via email, Skype, and telephones in lieu of, or in addition to face-to-face sessions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

EMDR uses controlled eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to reduce or eliminate emotional and mental distress which results from traumatic life experiences. It is believed that EMDR alters dysfunctional memory networks in the brain which are formed as a result of trauma. EMDR has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions including trauma, anxiety and phobias and depression.

Energy Psychology

Energy psychology is based on the Chinese Meridian System of medicine. By touching or tapping on key meridian points, energy psychology techniques can quickly and permanently relieve many mental health symptoms and eliminate emotional traumas or blockages from the mind-body continuum.

Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive arts therapy uses creative expression in a variety of artistic forms and media as a springboard for healing. Expressive arts therapy is especially helpful with individuals who prefer to express themselves in a creative, nonverbal manner. It is not necessary to be “good” at art in order to benefit from art therapy.

Guided Imagery

This technique uses therapist-led guided visualizations to help clients develop relaxation skills, release anger and trauma, change dysfunctional thought patterns and improve the quality of their daily lives. Guided visualization can also be used by clients outside of therapy for relaxation and improved attention span and can also help with sleep issues.

Holistic Psychotherapy

Holistic psychotherapy addresses the whole person, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Holistic interventions may include referrals to specialists such as naturopaths, massage therapists, education professionals and personal trainers to help clients address their concerns through multiple levels of healing.

Intuitive Psychotherapy

Intuitive psychotherapy combines the best of traditional, evidence-based practices with intuitive wisdom. This approach is also designed to help clients tap into and develop their own intuition. Click here for more information about intuitive psychotherapy.

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness is a modern reworking of ancient meditation traditions, principally Buddhist. It is designed to help you deal with day-to-day difficulties by putting you in control of your own mind. Mindfulness therapies include meditation and/or other guided imagery and relaxation techniques to help clients reduce stress and feel more peaceful, focused and present in their lives.

Person-Centered Therapy

Person-centered therapy focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client. Person-centered therapists believe that providing a kind, caring, genuine and non-judgmental atmosphere can help clients tap into their own internal source of healing, growth, and wisdom.

Play Therapy

Children grow, learn and express themselves through play. Play therapy utilizes this important childhood activity to affect lasting healing and growth. It is especially useful with younger children who lack the verbal abilities to engage in talk therapy. Play therapy can be effective with teens and adults as well.

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

– Helen Keller