How can Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy help me?
Being mindful – accepting and welcoming whatever arises in your mind without aversion or grasping – is the first step toward relieving your suffering. If you have a mindfulness practice I will help you use it towards developing insight into the nature and causes of your emotional distress. If you do not have a mindfulness practice, I will help you get started. During mindfulness practice you will notice distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations and you will learn to let go of and return to the breath. However, letting go of emotional distress during mindfulness practice does not mean forgetting about it. During your psychotherapy sessions we will discuss the nature of your distressing thoughts, feelings and sensations, determine their causes, and find solutions. In meditation you let go; in psychotherapy you inquire, plan and act. In psychotherapy you identify triggers to emotional reactions that do not serve you and you learn new ways to respond to the challenges and opportunities presented to you.
How can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) help me?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy can help you clarify your values and goals and what for you would constitute a meaningful, satisfying and happy life. Through inquiry into your emotional reactions, you will learn new ways to respond that are aligned with your values and goals.
How can Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) help me?
In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) you will learn how to regulate and control your emotional reactions. You will learn mindfulness skills, interpersonal effectiveness skills, emotion regulation skills and distress tolerance skills.
How can psychoanalysis help me?
Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic insight-oriented psychotherapy will provide you with a deep understanding about your desires and conflicts. You will learn about your unconscious and automatic self-protective reactions for dealing with trauma and stress and how to find more adaptive ways to create a sense of safety and security in your relationships.
How can I quit smoking for good?
I will help you find strategies that will help you deal with cravings and achieve a smoke-free life. I will introduce you to evidence-based interventions including mindfulness-based smoking cessation, nicotine replacement therapy, ACT and DBT and individual and group behavioral counseling to help you quit smoking for good.
How can I overcome procrastination?
Procrastination is caused by the escaping from distressing emotions – fear, anxiety, depression, anger, shame and guilt. Identifying the distressing emotions and using techniques and strategies from mindfulness, ACT, DBT and psychoanalysis, you will find ways to remove the barriers that interfere with pursuing your goals.