My Theoretical Orientations

Every person is different. Every relationship is different. The thought of only using one theoretical orientation to guide my therapuetic work feels irresponsible. In combining the following theoretical orientations, I’m able to provide a fully personalized psychotherapy or coaching experience. We all know that one size does not fit all (sorry Brandy Melville); one theory doesn’t fit all either! If you have any questions about these, how they work, or anything about them – contact me! Also, you really don’t need to know about this. I just have this up here for those who are curious. Enjoy!

Emotional Focused Therapy

Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) is all about turning negative emotional cycles into positive emotional cycles. By creating a secure bond between partners, EFT helps each individual respond in a positive and healthy way. EFT has been through clinical studies and proven to be highly effective. All this means is – we know it works.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

The goal of CBT is to help you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT is super structured, directive, and research-based.

At the beginning of therapuetic work, CBT can be a very helpful tool in treating mental health disorders, such as:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • eating disorders

However, not everyone who benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of this research to help partners to:

  • Increase respect, affection, and closeness
  • Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm

To read more about Drs. John and Julie Gottman, you can click here.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational emotive behavior therapy, or REBT, is really directive. The goal is to enables people to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. One of the premises of REBT is that we, as humans, don’t get emotionally upset by the unfortunate circumstances in our lives, but by how they build our views of our circumstances. Its super interesting. If you want to read more about REBT and its creator, Albert Ellis, you can read this!

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focused on solutions. In contrast to other types of therapy, SFBT this theory goes straight for the solution, rather than focusing on the cause of the problems that are bringing you in. Its after that when we can explore how to prevent it from happening again. Additionally, SFBT includes a lot of psycho-education, which is like coaching and teaching together. Its used a lot in times of quick need, fast change or some coaching.

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