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Types of Therapies

When seeking therapy, it is helpful to know what’s out there. It can all get very confusing fast. What you’ll find here is a list of the kinds of therapies I offer with a brief explanation of each. I often find that, rather than using only one modality, clients and I will work with pieces and parts from each to suit their needs. This list is ever changing as I am always working to add new things!

Attachment Focused Therapy - Attachment focused therapy combines the categories of attachment theory (including the identification of the attachment styles such as secure, anxious, ambivalent and disorganized/disoriented) with an analysis and understanding of how dysfunctional attachments get represented in the human inner world and subsequently re-enacted in adult life. Within this framework we look at how your family attachment worked and how it has affected you as a person in your relationships.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - With ACT clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. They learn to accept their emotions as they are rather than pass judgement, which only prolongs the process, and move on in processing what is bothering them.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) - Is a short term form of therapy that is based upon finding the problems in one’s thought patterns, imagery, or representations of the world and change them so as to change how the client sees and interacts with the world. This is a very logic based type of therapy. CBT introduces patients to a set of principles that they can apply whenever they need to, and that’ll last them a lifetime.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - This is a trauma-informed offshoot of CBT. It uses similar principles and was created specifically for dealing with trauma. It combines elements of CBT, exposure therapy, and Socratic questioning to help the client learn to think through their triggers and find different ways of looking at the world.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - was develop by Marsha Linehan, PhD, originally for personality disorders. It is another offshoot of CBT and combines it with other elements like mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Please note that I do not have the resources to practice DBT in its entirety, but it has useful elements that we utilize in therapy.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an interactive psychotherapy technique used to relieve psychological stress. It is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During EMDR therapy sessions, you will review traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses while the therapist directs your eye movements. Many clients like it because it works quickly and effectively, though it can be quite tiring.

Mindfulness - This is a very broad general term to identify a series of exercises designed to keep one in the present moment. Often, when one struggles with depression or anxiety they are in past or future moments. This can cause trouble with how one responds to stress, memory imprinting, attention and focus and more. Common examples of mindfulness are meditation, yoga, and affirmations.

Psychoeducation- I use psychoeducation with everyone! This is simply our term for teaching you about psychology. I try very hard to ensure that my clients know what is going on with their body and mind and why these things affect them in such ways. I also educate on how the past may still be affecting you as well as explaining why an exercise I’m asking you do to may work for you. I find that people do much better knowing the why behind things.

Talk Therapy - This is the main type of therapy people bring to mind when one says the word “therapy.” Talk therapy is using the therapist as a sounding board to bounce ideas off of, sort through thoughts, and consider alternatives.

Trauma Informed Therapy - I practice trauma informed therapy in my office. Trauma-Informed Care is not about specific therapeutic techniques—it is an overall approach. In trauma informed care, we work to create a safe, non-judgemental environment where you can practice open communication without fear. Recovery from trauma is a goal of our treatment and we don’t focus on pathology (what’s wrong with you) but on strengths (why and how you managed the best you could in the past.) We work to build resiliency, or the ability to manage strong emotions and bad things when they happen.

Teletherapy- I am pleased to be able to offer teletherapy as an alternative to in person therapy in certain situations. It is something I also offer if clients go on vacation or the weather is bad as an alternative to missing an in-person therapy appointment. This is on a case-by-case basis. We will have to evaluate whether it is right for you as being highly dissociative or high risk (suicidal/homicidal) are not good fits for this type of therapy. Unfortunately, state law dictates that I can only practice with you in the state I am licensed so I am unable to accommodate clients outside of the state of Texas.