You and I will work together to identify your goals for therapy and what direction might be most meaningful and useful to you. These approaches could include:
~ becoming more aware of and changing your relationship to thoughts and feelings that get in the way of you living the life you want,
~ examining and understanding the impact of significant relationships in your life and increasing emotional connectivity in your current relationships,
~ strategizing specific behavioral changes that are consistent with your values and how you want to live your life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is all about creating a life that is meaningful and rich. The acronym ACT gives a hint of what this is about - identifying what is important in life and then taking action. Taking action often brings up unpleasant stuff - fears, shame, difficult thoughts and other painful internal experiences. ACT provides methods for relating to these difficult internal experiences in a way that they have less power and influence. Ultimately, ACT isn't just about feeling better but about living better.
Thoughts are powerful. A single problematic thought can have a big impact and when we have challenging thoughts difficult feelings aren't far behind. This unpleasant internal experience often leads to behaviors that are at best not helpful and growth oriented and at worse are destructive. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying and changing negative thoughts and thought patterns. These changes can lead to a better mood and more positive behaviors.
Mindfulness is an intentional awareness of what is going on right here, right now with an attitude of openness and acceptance. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool and I often incorporate it in my work with clients. Regardless of why someone comes to therapy or how we work together, being mindful can help in learning to respond to stressors with less judgment and reactivity. It can also help create a life that is less on "autopilot" and more intentional.