Areas of clinical speciality include:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is considered to be the "gold standard" treatment for a number of disorders, including anxiety and depression. CBT involves exploring the relationships between an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. A CBT therapist actively works to uncover unhealthy thought patterns and evaluate how they may be associated with maladaptive behaviors and beliefs. The therapist then assists the patient with developing healthier thought patterns and adaptive behaviors and beliefs.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
ERP is a type of CBT for the treatment of OCD. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that trigger significant distress. Compulsions are behaviors or rituals an individual feels driven to complete in an attempt to stop the obsessions and decrease distress. Under a therapist’s guidance, a careful exposure plan is created with the patient and family. During these exposures, the patient is exposed to the thought, image, object, and/or situations associated with his/her obsession. Response Prevention (i.e., not completing the compulsion associated with the obsession) is encouraged. Before exposures are conducted, the patients and families learn about OCD, practice identifying obsessions and compulsions, and develop and strengthen a number of skills targeted at reducing the distress associated with OCD symptoms.
Whereas adults find relief in talking over their challenges with a therapist, young children are often unable to express their thoughts and feelings using words. Play is a natural way for children to communicate their thoughts and feelings. As the child plays, the therapist notices themes and patterns. Over time, the therapists helps the child begin to make meaning out of their own play and learn to effectively communicate and express thoughts and feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.