Therapy Approach

To provide more detail, I utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach based on the TEAM model developed by David Burns MD. This model is modified when I work with children, but I still use all the TEAM components. I use Dr. Burn’s cognitive(thoughts and beliefs), behavioral(action), and exposure techniques. Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques are a big focus of my work.

 TEAM is an innovative, powerful system of change culled from a variety of evidence-based therapies.  TEAM features a treatment plan individualized for each client's particular difficulties and goals. The model focuses on doing work in to create fast and lasting change.

TEAM is an acronym for:

T = Testing. We measure your symptoms at the start and completion of every therapy session using brief, accurate scales to make sure we are meeting your goals. You will have the opportunity to rate my warmth, understanding, and helpfulness at the end of each session. 

E = Empathy.  Understanding your feelings, thoughts and concerns is my first priority.  A warm, respectful, empathic relationship is the foundation upon which we are able to do tremendous work together.

A = Agenda Setting. Sometimes we really want to change but keep finding something holding us back.  TEAM pinpoints precisely where you may be stuck and boosts your motivation to change. You, not I, will set the agenda for each of our sessions.  We will focus on those topics you yourself choose. 

M = Methods. At TEAM's core are many powerful, evidence-based techniques that will help you defeat the negative thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that rob you of joy, self-esteem, productivity and intimacy.