Third-Wave Contextual Psychotherapy
Third Wave Functional Contextual Psychotherapy (TFCT), the newest research-based therapy within the field of psychology belongs to the "third wave" of cognitive-behavioral therapies.TFCT integrates principles from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, emotional exposure, mindfulness-based therapies, and the Chronic Distress model as developed by renowned expert Dr. Paul Holmes, PsyD. It emphasizes and helps develop psychological flexibility, which involves healing uncomfortable emotions and thoughts, while promoting committed actions aligned with personal values. This approach helps individuals become more adaptable, present-focused, and able to respond effectively to life's challenges. It acknowledges the impermanence of thoughts and emotions, teaching individuals to detach from unhelpful patterns of thinking and embrace self-as-context, a concept that emphasizes the ability to observe thoughts and feelings without being defined by them. Through deep exploration, defusion from thought, emotional exposure, and values orientation, TFCT has been proven to significantly improve outcomes for a wide-range of mental health and quality of life concerns - including trauma, anxiety, depression, life-transitions, relationships and intimacy, grief, and all other specialties listed on my “about me” page.
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Global mental health is more than just a concept; it's a commitment to the well-being of individuals worldwide. With a history of working across borders, cultural contexts, my approach honors the beauty of cultural differences while recognizing the universal aspects of human emotion and life challenges. I work extensively with the BIPOC, and the international community. By valuing cultural nuances, I ensure that therapeutic interventions are tailored to honor your values, traditions, and beliefs. It is known we think, speak, and feel uniquely to our culture, family of origin, and geographic upbringing. An approach which recognizes your cultural identity is essential in fostering authentic healing and personal growth. Honoring your unique intersectionalities will be at the forefront of our work, fostering increased connection and empowerment.
Additionally, acknowledgement of systems which cause barriers and institutional discrimination are also recognized. Research on Micro and Macro forms of racism have proven to have harmful effects on mental health. A safe space is required to address and process your mental health concerns.
Mindfulness Based Practice
Through meditative based philosophies, movement towards gaining present moment awareness is an integral part of treatment. The principles of becoming a silent observer of our mental processes without reactivity allows for a space of true acceptance of one’s experience. Mindfulness based approaches have been proven through research to significanly increase quality of life, and reduce distressing symptoms for a vast array of mental health concerns. I have extensive clinical training in mindfulness based treatment. Both gained through close supervisory oversight during implementation in treatment, as well as through years of studies and practice of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
Experiential Focused Therapy
Research has long confirmed that all experiences, and especially traumatic ones can become stored in our nervous system. This results in a pattern of brain firing that replicates feelings from the traumatic event, as if it’s happening ‘all over again.’ Given the unquestionable reality of the “mind-body” connection, it is important the body has an opportunity to release this energy in a safe and control manner. Through intentional guidance of the therapist, you will learn to catch your thoughts. I will guide you to those places in the body that repeatedly become physically activated, while giving your body an opportunity to engage in its natural process of dissipating this energy.