You are overwhelmed, unsure, and dissatisfied. You feel stuck, but can’t seem to move forward on your own. You tell yourself it’s not so bad and then find yourself pacing the floor in the middle of the night wondering what is wrong with your life. You are scared to change, terrified not to change.
I can help.
I work with people stuck in unhelpful patterns, struggling with worries or sadness, and with unhelpful behaviors they would like to stop. I take an eclectic, individualized approach to therapy, but rely most heavily on my training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?
ACT emphasizes accepting what we cannot not change, identifying values in order to make the meaningful changes that are within our control, and then offering the support needed to see those changes realized. This model mirrors my own life philosophy, and my clients have had wonderful results with this approach.
The way to do this in ACT is to learn to create distance from interfering, upsetting thoughts, and then to let them go. To accept that to feel pain and sadness is part of what it is to be human. Making room for these feelings, instead of fighting them off, ironically makes them easier to bear. The suffering comes from trying (and failing) to avoiding the pain. In therapy you will learn skills to make contact with the present moment through mindfulness techniques. This helps you avoid regretting the past (depression) or worrying helplessly about the future (anxiety).
Next we work on identifying values to make sure you have a road map for living the kind of life you can feel engaged in and excited about. Finally we put systems in place to make sure you are set on a path of committed action and able to self-correct if you veer off your chosen course.
Education and Credentials
I graduated from New York University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Since then I have studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with John Forsyth, Ph.D, trained in Psychodynamic Therapy with Drs. C.E. Robins and John Broughton, and studied Psychoanalytic Theory at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Theory and Research (IPTAR). I am currently becoming certified in Strategic Intervention Coaching with Dr. Chloe Madanes and Tony Robbins. I have spent countless hours taking seminars and reading books in a myriad of additional techniques and modalities. Basically if I think it might help you, I will learn it.
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