As every person is completely unique, I prefer to use an eclectic approach to therapy. This allows me to adapt to the unique needs of each specific patient, depending on the problem, treatment goals and the persons’ expectations and motivations. I use a psychodynamic framework with which to understand the individual and the feelings, motives and decisions that are influenced by past experiences. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) provides a helpful theoretical framework with which to understand couples’ emotions and current patterns of interaction.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) provides useful tools to address maladaptive thoughts which create and maintain many psychiatric disorders. It is currently the modality with the largest evidence base for treating depression. Cognitive behavioural therapy can be thought of as a combination of psychotherapy and behavioural therapy. Psychotherapy emphasizes the importance of the personal meaning we place on things and how thinking patterns begin in childhood. Behavioural therapy pays close attention to the relationship between our problems, our behaviour and our thoughts. I prefer to personalize and customize the therapy to the specific needs and personality of each patient.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)is based on CBT, with greater focus on emotional and social aspects. DBT was developed to help people cope with extreme or unstable emotions and harmful behaviours. DBT is an evidence-based approach to help people regulate emotions. It is particularly helpful in assisting adolescents to cope with extreme feelings, therefore preventing harmful behaviour. DBT comprises of four modules: Distress Tolerance, Mindfulness, Affect Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”
– Michelle Obama