I believe each individual has unique needs. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, treatment focuses on examining the diverse relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors, including behaviors that cannot be controlled through rational thought alone. My methods of approach also draw inspiration from related well-established techniques including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (which helps alter patterns of behavior through new alternatives), Solution focused Therapy (a goal-oriented method that directs attention to the desired aspects of health and wholeness), and Motivational Interviewing (a method of support that consciously engages the inherent motivation in individuals as they move through the ambiguities related to the process of change so that ambivalences,which once concealed and prevented goals, are resolved in non-adversarial and non-confrontational ways).
I am also a Level 1 practitioner of the renowned Gottman Method for couples counseling, which developed out of four decades of research and seeks to cultivate new levels of compassion and understanding in committed relationships, marriages in crisis and even happy partnerships.
A number of therapeutic applications based on new mindfulness strategies can promote healing and wellness. One example would be preventing relapses in depression: clinical studies have shown mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can reduce returns of depression by 50%. The individual is empowered by learning to become more fully aware of developing feelings and thoughts without attaching a reaction. The approaching information, however unpleasant or distressing, can be observed and accepted without judgment, and the depression reaction prevented.
Mindfulness can be a state and a practice. It can promote psychological flexibility, a return to the present moment and the resolving of complex trauma-related problems of the past.
With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I also provide effective treatment for individuals facing serious chronic personality and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder and antisocial behaviors.
For the last three years I have worked with individuals who have immigrated to the US and are experiencing difficulty transitioning into the new culture. Successful transitioning often happens in a place of acceptance, increased self-awareness and empathy. I am fluent in Brazilian Portuguese and am able to offer counseling to Portuguese speaking adults.