You may be more anxious than usual, or you may feel tired and hopeless. You may have the experience of being stuck in patterns that you wish you could change but somehow can't seem to get out of.
In therapy we talk through difficult topics. We identify how you feel about yourself and how you experience your circumstances. We find new and more useful ways of thinking, as we explore, understand, and give words to your feelings. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and similarly well researched approaches we can help you change thinking and behavioral patterns that in turn influence how you feel.
Some of the difficulties we have experience treating:
- Anxiety, health anxiety, social anxiety, fears, avoidance
- Depression, sadness, grief, mood disorders
- Loss or flattening of emotions
- Uncontrolled emotional reactions including anger or crying
- Relationship difficulties, loneliness
- Abuse including sexual, verbal and physical
- Low self-esteem or self-worth
- Motivational concerns, procrastination, feeling stuck
- Existential issues (such as life purpose, search for meaning, happiness)
- Addictive behaviors
- Difficulties related to sleep and dreams (sleep hygiene, nightmares)
First steps in therapy include helping you describe your concerns, their history and potential causes. We then identify what good change might be, how you would like to be in the future. Finally we find ways to move you towards that change. As suggested above, we utilize cognitive behavioral methods, but also tailor our approach to best suit your concerns.
Anxiety and mood reactions often yield to cognitive methods and offer the fastest improvement. With more complicated concerns, such as issues stemming from difficult or non-nurturing family backgrounds, or repetitious or addictive behaviors and thinking patterns, we use methods from several more humanistic and dynamic theoretical backgrounds, including schema therapy, person centered and emotion focused therapies.