Psychologist Session

Areas of Expertise

  • Attachment-based

  • CBT

  • DBT

  • Family/Marital

  • Family/system

  • Gestalt

  • Gottman Method

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Neuro-linguistic

  • Positive Psychology

  • 12 Steps

  • Multicultural

  • Online counselling available

Attachment-based

Attachment-based therapy is "an approach to therapy that specifically targets those thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviors, and interpersonal exchanges that patients have learned either to suppress and avoid or to amplify and overemphasize because of early attachment experiences." APA

CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is "a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life." APA

DBT

I feel grateful for having met Marsha M. Linehan and learned DBT at first hand from her.

 

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is "an empirically supported, comprehensive treatment that is effective for treating complex mental health problems. Originally developed as an intervention for suicidal people, and widely used to treat borderline personality disorder, DBT is now applied in working with a variety of mental health problems and is especially effective for clients who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions." L. Chapman, Alexander

Family Marital

Family Marital Therapy is based on "family's patterns of behavior influences that may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems." AAMFT

Family System

Family systems therapy is "a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many issues are likely to begin. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of family systems therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family." Psychology Today

Family works as an unison system. A balaced scale that if you move one side you affect the other. 

Gestalt

Gestalt therapy is "a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy." Psychology Today

Gottman Method

It was such a delightful experience to study with John and Julie Gottman at the same time and talk about how criticism, defensiveness, contempt and Stonewalling affect couples interaction.  

 

The Gottman Method for Healthy Relationships is a form of couples-based therapy and education that draws on the pioneering studies of relationships by psychologist John M. Gottman and clinical practice conducted by John Gottman and his wife, psychologist Julie Gottman. One of the reigning insights of the science-based approach is that in the dynamics of relationship systems, negative emotions like defensiveness and contempt have more power to hurt a relationship than positive emotions have to help a relationship. As a result, the structured therapy focuses on developing understanding and skills so that partners can maintain fondness and admiration, turn toward each other to get their needs met (especially when they are hurting), manage conflict, and enact their dreams—and what to do when they mess up (because everyone does)." Psychology

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Motivational interviewing

Motivational interviewing is "a counseling method that helps people solve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes." Psychology Today

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Neuro-linguistic

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) therapy "helps improve the client’s self-awareness, confidence, communication skills, and social actions. The goals of NLP are to help the client understand that the way one views the world affects how one operates in the world, and that it is necessary to change the thoughts and behavior patterns that have not proven beneficial in the past." Psychology Today

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Positive Psychology

"Positive psychology is a branch of psychology focused on the character strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to build a life of meaning and purpose—to move beyond surviving to flourishing. It emphasizes meaning and deep satisfaction, not just on fleeting happiness." Psychology Today

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Multicultural

Multicultural therapy addresses the concerns of those whose race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, income, disability, or other social factor falls outside of the majority. Issues that arise for minority groups, such as oppression, racism, and marginalization, are relevant and recognized. The therapist is more culturally aware, and there is more emphasis on individualism than in some traditional therapy settings that take a more universal approach. Multicultural therapy is a form of talk therapy, but it may be combined with therapies that involve other activities, such as art or music, if these interventions can help clients communicate better.

Online counselling

Professional support when you need it, for a one-to-one therapy.

Some information disclosed here might be gotten from different sources such as APA, Psychology Today, among other sources. 

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