Caring & Effective Counseling in Westminster, CO
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
I utilize a counseling approach that is:
- Evidence based
- Strengths based
- Tailored to fit you and your issue or problem
- Multiculturally aware and sensitive
I believe the people who come to see me are strong and doing the best they can. Pain and adversity are a part of life and we all need support coping with it at times. Counseling offers the opportunity to expand your possibilities and learn new skills; leading to increased flexibility, freedom, and happiness.
I believe my role as a counselor is to support and empower you in living the life you want to live. I specialize in eating disorders and body image; fertility and infertility concerns; anxiety and depression; self-worth, perfectionism and shame; and personal growth. Below is a list of approaches I utilize in supporting my clients.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an effective, research-based approach that utilizes mindfulness skills to develop psychological flexibility and helps people move in the direction of what is meaningful and important to them. ACT helps clients experience the fullness and vitality of life, which includes a wide spectrum of human experience, including the pain that inevitably goes with it. ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can lead to more flexibility and willingness to take action that is consistent with the client’s chosen values.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is an effective, research-based based model that teaches skills designed to help clients learn and practice basic tools for managing self-harming behaviors, intrusive thoughts, intense or overwhelming feelings, and other painful experiences. DBT is rooted in the principles of mindfulness practice and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). DBT is particularly helpful to clients in the early stages of any kind of recovery process or those who find themselves stuck in destructive patterns that are hard to break.
Motivation Interviewing (MI)
MI is an effective, collaborative model that focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence and elicits and strengthens motivation for change. MI differs from other methods for motivating change as it does not impose change that may be inconsistent with the client’s own values, beliefs or wishes; but rather supports change in a manner congruent with the client’s own values and concerns. Ambivalence, feeling two ways about behavior change, is seen as a natural part of the change process and MI strives to meet the client where he or she is at and utilize thoughtful and respectful techniques and strategies to elicit and strengthen motivation to change.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
EFT is an empirically supported model that arose out of emotion theory and attachment theory. It views emotions as centrally important in the experience of self, in both adaptive and maladaptive functioning, and in therapeutic change. Through EFT, clients are helped to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotional experiences. EFT proposes that emotions themselves have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotions are connected to our most essential needs and rapidly alert us to situations important to our advancement. They also prepare and guide us in these important situations to take action towards meeting our needs.
Narrative therapy holds that our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives found in our stories or narratives. Narrative therapy is interested in helping clients fully describe their rich stories and trajectories, modes of living, and the possibilities associated with them. In narrative therapy, the person isn’t the problem, the problem is the problem and as a result distance is created and the problem is externalized. In the end, narrative conversations help clients clarify for themselves an alternate direction in life to that of the problem, one that comprises a person’s values, hopes, and life commitments. Through narrative therapy, clients are able to re-author or re-story their lives.
For more information about my counseling services, please contact me. I offer a free consultation and would be happy to talk about how I can support you.