Utilizing a method that is based in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I work with each client to identify the unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors that contribute to present difficulties. In my work, I often draw upon techniques from the "third wave" therapies including mindfulness-based and acceptance and commitment approaches. The treatment plan and duration is determined by the presenting needs of each individual client. In light of research that has demonstrated the importance of matching language between therapists and patients, the focus of my practice is psychotherapy for English-speaking individuals. I currently see patients only for individual psychotherapy. I offer a wide variety of services, including psychotherapy for:
- Adjustment difficulties (for example, difficulties adjusting to a new culture or significant life changes, as well as health problems)
- Coping with aging-related changes (health problems, cognitive functioning/dementia, relationships, living situation, death)
- Chronic pain
- Cognitive difficulties (ADHD, stroke, brain injury, dementia, post-chemotherapy)
- Relationship stress/difficulties
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Alongside psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is included as a recognized psychotherapeutic method in Germany and is covered by most insurances. Therapeutic methods included in CBT are supported by a large body of scientific work and are focused on identifying unhelpful thought patterns that contribute to the onset and maintenance of psychological disorders. Particularly, CBT seeks to identify a personalized model for each patient regarding how thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. In our work together, we may focus on specific situations in which these thoughts occur and how these thoughts may be changed. These links often develop over long periods of time, for example since childhood, and were likely once helpful and functional. Over time or when applied to new situations (such as moving to a new country or starting a new relationship), these ways of thinking about and perceiving the world become less helpful, and sometimes lead to problems in daily life (i.e., withdrawal from others, anxiety in social situations). In addition to changing unhelpful behavior-thought patterns, CBT focuses on learning and strengthening new skills. It may be that in previous phases of life, opportunities to build necessarily skills (such as saying "no", or managing stress) did not arise or were not supported. Therapy may also focus on building positive, trusting relationships with others in your life, which are essential to mental well-being. Patients often meet with the therapist for at least 6 months to a year, or longer, depending on the presenting difficulties.