How I treat

At OMpowerment Psychotherapy, I am comfortable working collaboratively and shifting my therapeutic approach as needed to meet your goals as they evolve. I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families affected by life stress, relationship difficulties, mental health issues, and substance abuse.

My specialty is in holistic psychotherapy from a person-centered perspective. I do not subscribe to a generic form of therapy but work collaboratively with clients to develop treatment best-suited to their needs. For some, this may include mindfulness-based psychotherapy, identifying and challenging unhelpful thinking patterns, practicing coping skills grounded in dialectical-behavioral therapy, or working on strategies to make concrete behavioral changes. I am also certified in Integrative Yoga Therapy and can integrate meditation and bodywork as requested.

What exactly IS mindfulness-based psychotherapy? And what is DBT? Mindfulness-based psychotherapy integrates talk-therapy with Mindfulness practice in-session. Mindfulness means being in the present moment. When practiced correctly, it has been shown to create observable structural changes in the brain that decrease a person’s susceptibility to stress, decrease the chances of reactivity, and improve one’s ability to regulate emotions. Thus, practicing Mindful psychotherapy allows clients the opportunity to develop these skills in-session and learn strategies to continue this work in-between appointments. Clients are also provided an opportunity to process their experience with me, and learn how science directly applies to the practices they are learning. Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an empirically-supported treatment that teaches people skills they can use to improve their quality of life.  These skills fall into four different categories: Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotional Regulation, Mindfulness, & Distress Tolerance.