Our Approach

We believe in creating an accepting, safe space where we can explore problems.  And, we believe in using scientifically proven techniques to bring about desired changes.  Beginning with a deep understanding of your struggles, needs, and goals, we will collaboratively devise an individualized treatment plan based on CBT principles.

CBT

We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety, depression, and other problems we treat.  Backed by five decades of clinical trials with real patients, the accumulated research clearly shows that CBT is the best available drug-free approach for most psychological problems.

CBT is active, solution-focused, and relatively short-term.  We work collaboratively with our clients to make real improvements in their lives.  Progress requires work within sessions and outside, in the form of “homework” assignments. CBT focuses on developing skills for coping with difficult emotions and for changing unhelpful patterns of behavior.  While learning more effective ways of responding to troubling emotions and thoughts, clients start to remove barriers to a fuller, better life.  We can help you to become more mindful, clarify what matters most in life, and move toward your true goals.

All of our therapists have been extensively trained in CBT at leading CBT institutions.  Our group is led by Dr K., whose work is informed by years devoted to practicing and teaching psychotherapy, as well as being involved in cutting-edge psychological science.  CBT has evolved over time, and we work hard to stay abreast of the ongoing clinical research.  This has allowed us to bring the latest CBT advancements to our clients – in particular, mindfulness and acceptance approaches, like ACT and DBT.

ACT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a CBT therapy approach which combines traditional behavioral therapy with a strong focus on clarifying clients’ values and helping them lead more purposeful lives.  It is particularity well-suited for clients who struggle with anxiety and the ones who feel “stuck,” having lost true satisfaction or meaning in their lives.  ACT is grounded in questions like “What would you really want your life to be about?” and “What are the obstacles keeping you from living life to the fullest?”  Our therapists who are experts in ACT will guide you through the process of eliminating avoidance patterns, overcoming fear, and embarking on a more vital, value-based life.

DBT

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specific type of CBT used to treat adults and adolescents with significant emotional instability and/or impulse control difficulties.  DBT was originally developed by Dr Marsha Linehan to help individuals who engage in self-harm and other destructive behaviors.  It has been extended to help depressed and anxious clients who struggle with regulating their emotions and reactions, and who have ongoing interpersonal difficulties.  DBT balances traditional behavioral change techniques and fundamental acceptance of self.  Many of our therapists are experts in DBT and use it when pertinent.  We also offer DBT Skills Training Groups.