Additional types of therapy used

Relational and interpersonal therapy
This therapy focuses on healing past relationship traumas by using the therapist as a catalyst. Processing the relationship with the therapist can help with specific fears including abandonment or fear of rejection. By healing fears with the therapist, this can be translated into feeling less afraid with current relationships. This therapy is also especially helpful for depression.
Strength-based therapy
This therapy focuses on individual’s many strengths by building on one’s resourcefulness and internal strengths. This therapy particular helps with building self-esteem, creating a more positive outlook, and reducing stress. It is also used for anxiety and depression symptoms.
Multicultural therapy
I work with all backgrounds, cultures, and races; this therapy focuses on being mindful of how each person’s background, culture, and race have impacted them. It is also about processing oppression and discrimination and becoming empowered. In addition, I think it just as important to talk about privilege and how that shows up in society and in the therapy room.
Depth psychology
Depth psychology involves listening to the unconscious in many ways including dreams, the imagination, and through expensive arts. There are many emotions and thoughts that we are unaware of on a daily basis and we can more easily access them through the unconscious. This can be helpful when healing trauma, anxiety, and depression, and many other emotional difficulties.
Somatic therapy
This type of therapy involves listening to the body. This can be helpful for understanding emotions and needs since our body experiences specific sensations when feeling or thinking certain emotions and thoughts. It can also be helpful when processing trauma that has been stored in the body (i.e. sexual trauma). When we listen to the body and learn what it has to teach us, this can greatly enhance the healing process.
Mindfulness therapy
Mindfulness can be very helpful for learning how to calm the mind when anxious or stressed. It is impossible to shut off the mind, and therefore, mindfulness is about learning how to learn from and notice, without judgements, the thoughts and feelings that come up for us.
Play Therapy
This therapy is used mainly with children. Children communicate through play and therefore, the therapist engages in their language to join in their experiences to learn about what they are struggling with. The therapist talks to the child, either directly or through dolls and toys, to process emotions and to teach how to identify and cope with feelings. This can help with reducing anxiety and depression as well as learning how to emotionally regulate, which helps with behavioral problems and ADHD.
Expressive arts and sand tray
Expressing oneself through art or sand tray can be helpful for accessing emotions that we might not otherwise realize we were experiencing. Sand tray involves placing objects that are meaningful and significant to the individual and placing them in sand. This creates a story that can be explored and processed and it usually relates to emotional difficulties that are present for the individual. Emotions become more clear and easier to understand when they are in front of us (as objects in the sand) instead of being held inside and unprocessed. This therapy is helpful for trauma, anxiety, depression, and most struggles.
Client-centered therapy
This is a humanistic approach that involves believing that everyone has the capacity for healing and growth. Through validation and empathy from the therapist, the individual is more able to access this ability to grow, prosper, and feel alive. This therapy is helpful for children, adults, and couples and is especially helpful for depression.