Approach

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About you & your goals

Clients come to OMpowerment Psychotherapy with a variety of challenges but ultimately have one common goal: to make a positive change in their life. 

This might mean learning to manage life stress and emotions more effectively, recovering from burnout, ending a cycle of unhealthy relationships, or abstaining from self-destructive behaviors like binge-eating, overworking, reckless spending, angry outbursts at loved ones, or abusing drugs or alcohol. 

Whatever the issue might be, clients who come to me are looking for more peace, more balance, and less emotional overwhelm!

OMpowerment Psychotherapy is for people who want to improve their quality of life without feeling judged, confined, or overly-structured.  Clients who work with me often want a roadmap to making positive changes in their life, but also want to feel like they are in the driver’s seat.

You are motivated to make a change.

...But may feel confused or overwhelmed about how to do so.  I can help you navigate this process.  Learn more about my therapeutic approach and areas of specialty below.

 

The OMpowerment Approach

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Holistic psychotherapy from a person-centered perspective  

I work collaboratively with you, shifting my therapeutic approach as needed to meet your goals as they evolve. 

Together, we incorporate techniques that complement your personal plan for growth.  These may include mindfulness-based psychotherapy, identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns, practicing coping skills grounded in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), or working on strategies to make concrete behavioral changes.  I am also certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy and can integrate meditation and bodywork as requested.

The OMpowerment approach is perfect for people who are attracted to holistic practices and sometimes feel as if their needs aren’t fully met by traditional approaches to healing. 

My style especially complements those who would like help making meaningful change, but ultimately value independence, a clear sense of self, and are passionate about their opinions and goals. 

I am also well-suited to those who take pride in occasionally “going against the grain,” and would like a psychotherapist who can appreciate this desire.

I believe a good therapeutic relationship is a key component of a successful therapy experience.  This begins with working with a therapist you trust, with whom you can be your authentic self, who shows that same authenticity to you in return. Being honest, straight-forward, nonjudgmental, and supportive are my commitments to you as we build our therapeutic relationship.

 

Specialties & Expertise

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I work with adults, adolescents, couples & families

Those who are affected by life stress, burnout, relationship difficulties, mental health issues, or substance abuse, as well as the areas of specialty and general expertise below, may be a particularly good fit for OMpowerment Psychotherapy.

Specialties

Anxiety: Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression: Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Stress Management: Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and others, and burnout

General Expertise

Anger Management: Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships

Bipolar Disorder: Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes

Compulsive Behaviors: Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending

Trauma:Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Body Work

 

Treatment Approaches

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I use a flexible combination of the following treatment approaches

Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an empirically supported cognitive behavioral treatment that teaches people skills they can use to improve their quality of life.  These skills fall into four different categories: Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, and Distress Tolerance.

Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy integrates talk-therapy with Mindfulness practice in-session. Mindfulness means being in the present moment. When practiced correctly, it has been shown to create observable structural changes in the brain that decrease a person’s susceptibility to stress, decrease the chances of reactivity, and improve one’s ability to regulate emotions. Thus, practicing Mindful psychotherapy allows clients the opportunity to develop these skills in-session and learn strategies to continue this work in-between appointments. Clients are also provided an opportunity to process their experience with me, and learn how science directly applies to the practices they are learning.

Integrative Yoga Therapy

Integrative Yoga Therapy incorporates the elements of yoga – postures, breathing, and meditation – to reduce suffering, process life’s trauma and losses, and increase physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

 

 

Ready to explore working with me?