Treatment & Services
I use the following techniques in my practice:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is based on the assumption that when people change the way they think, behaviors can be modified. Changing behaviors can lead to healthier functioning, increased satisfaction with relationships, work, and other areas of one’s life. CBT is incorporated into my practice by teaching my clients how to challenge and alter dysfunctional thought patterns. CBT is an evidence based model which is beneficial in addressing issues of anxiety, panic, eating disorders, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Mindfulness: Being mindful enables people to be more present with their thoughts, feelings, emotions, body sensations, and environment. Developing a practice of mindfulness helps individuals feel better, alleviates stress and anxiety, as well as other uncomfortable emotions. I incorporate mindfulness into my practice by teaching clients how to be more present and accepting of themselves.
Stress Management: Stress has been shown to interfere with many facets of functioning. My clients develop and practice a variety of stress management techniques to calm their body and mind. These techniques include breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, as well different poses which reduce tension, stress and anxiety.
Psychodynamic Therapy: Traditional talk therapy which helps clients understand how their past impacts their present lives.
Exposure Therapy: A specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which treats a variety of issues, including anxiety and panic, trauma, specific phobias, and eating disorders. With the support of the therapist, clients are gradually exposed to feared situations, using relaxation strategies, coping skills, and behavioral techniques. Through exposure therapy, clients will overcome their fears and gain control over situations which are overwhelming and distressing.
Therapy Assessment: Every client brings particular concerns and hopes to therapy. Essential to the process is designing a tailor-made treatment plan which addresses each client’s unique goals.
I provide the following services for professionals:
Clinical Consultation: In addition to working with my clients, I also provide clinical supervision to professionals.
Private Practice Development Consultation: For clinicians who are starting a private practice or who want to enhance and grow their practice.
Workshops and Trainings: in professional settings. Areas of specialized training include CBT, eating disorders treatment, the treatment of trauma, and the treatment of self-harm.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme worry, fear, and nervousness. They include general anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, post traumatic stress, social anxiety, and phobias.
Individuals with anxiety disorders often experience prolonged feelings of tension and anxiety. They can’t relax, may twitch or appear in constant motion due to their fears. They may startle easily or have trouble concentrating.
—Keath Low, About.com
People with panic disorder have sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes. Sometimes symptoms may last longer. These are called panic attacks. Panic attacks are characterized by a fear of disaster or of losing control even when there is no real danger. A person may also have a strong physical reaction during a panic attack. It may feel like having a heart attack. Panic attacks can occur at any time, and many people with panic disorder worry about and dread the possibility of having another attack.
A person with panic disorder may become discouraged and feel ashamed because he or she cannot carry out normal routines like going to the grocery store or driving. Having panic disorder can also interfere with school or work.
Eating disorders are a group of serious conditions in which you’re so preoccupied with food and weight that you can often focus on little else. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
Eating disorders can cause serious physical problems and, at their most severe, can even be life-threatening. Most people with eating disorders are females, but males can also have eating disorders. An exception is binge-eating disorder, which appears to affect almost as many males as females.
Treatments for eating disorders usually involve psychotherapy, nutrition education, family counseling, medications and hospitalization.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). It’s also possible to have only obsessions or only compulsions and still have OCD.
With OCD, you may or may not realize that your obsessions aren’t reasonable, and you may try to ignore them or stop them. But that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts in an effort to ease your stressful feelings.