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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

As a trauma informed therapist, I agree with the psychodynamic perspective that painful feelings are caused by forgotten childhood experiences.  However, I don't believe that the only way to relieve these feelings is through long, difficult analysis to root out unconscious memories and associations. As a cognitive behavioral therapists, I have the training to access a much more immediate source of emotions, which are my client's current train of thought.  It has been demonstrated over and over again that the most painful emotions are preceded by some kind of interpreting thought.  

Attachment Theory/ Science

Attachment theory explores our early attachments to caregivers, and explains how positive early childhood attachment leads to healthier, happier adults (secure attachment).  Attachment theory also shows how childhood neglect, abuse or separation from important care figures can lead to extreme maladjustment later on in life (anxious, avoidant and fearful-avoidant attachment).  Your conditioned attachment style directly effects the way you communicate your needs in relationships.  By teaching clients how to unlearn (or embrace) various attachment strategies, I've been successful in helping individuals connect more deeply/ securely in their relationships.  

Client-Centered/ Humanistic

Client-centered therapy is a humanistic approach where I meet my clients "where they are at."  It allows me to provide clients a non-judgmental space to process thoughts, feelings and behavior (unconditional positive regard).  It emphasizes rapport building and a good therapeutic fit.   Studies have shown that regardless of modality, approach, or years in clinical practice, a therapist is most effective when they have rapport with their client.

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