My Treatment Philosophy
Assessment & Psychotherapy
In assessment, my focus is on your specific needs and concerns. Neuropsychological assessment is not a "one size fits all" approach and each evaluation is uniquely tailored to the individual. My emphasis is functional and practical: what are the specific problems an individual is experiencing, and what can be done to help? For persons with cognitive challenges, including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, and other neurological conditions, I combine psychotherapy with cognitive remediation. This form of treatment is individualized to the functional needs of the client, but it generally involves retraining the brain via repetition for those tasks which it may not be able to perform as well, such as attention, memory, concentration, and decision making. Simultaneously, clients are trained in compensatory strategies which serve as tools that can help to replace lost or decreased function. Treatment is designed to maximize independence and enhance quality of life.
When conducting psychotherapeutic treatment I take a holistic approach to understanding each individual client and his or her unique concerns. I believe very strongly in the mind-body connection and that our thoughts and feelings affect our physical health and vice-versa. My approach is further influenced by Eastern philosophy and I believe that mindfulness along with balance and harmony in one's life are the key to lasting happiness. I recognize that everyone has unique strengths and when working with a client I try to use his or her strengths to help them cope with and ultimately overcome the challenges they are facing.
I have a flexible therapeutic style that draws from several major theoretical approaches to psychotherapy. At a basic level, I believe that there is inherent value in increasing self-understanding and self-acceptance. As clients come to a deeper appreciation for how their personal history can affect their current feelings, motivations, and relationships, they often feel more grounded and better able to make well-informed decisions about how to live their lives in a rewarding manner. However, insight alone is often not enough to allow clients to make the types of life changes that they desire. Therefore, I also incorporate techniques from action-oriented approaches that emphasize learning new skills and trying out new behaviors. Since clients frequently struggle with problems in relationships, these new skills are often directed towards improving the quality of an individual's relationships.
I believe that therapy should be a partnership. For my part, I will bring my energy, sensitivity, and years of professional training and experience to the therapeutic relationship. In return, I ask each client for openness, honesty, curiosity, and a willingness to experiment with new ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. My goal is to collaborate with each client to help him or her achieve a greater sense of happiness, peace, integrity and ultimately satisfaction with life.