Relationship-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Mental health counseling supported in science while valuing the importance of the therapeutic relationship

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is defined as the integration of clinical expertise, best current scientific evidence, and client values to provide high quality mental health counseling.  I find that integrating EBPs like CBT and key therapeutic relationship factors such as validation, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness produce the best outcomes.  When appropriate, I also utilize such approaches as mindfulness, acceptance, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) skills.  My goal is to not only reduce the distress from your presenting problems but also improve your overall well-being and experience personal growth. The outcomes of good counseling are maintained over time and generalize to many facets of life.

I specialize in adolescents and young adults, while also having much experience working with adults, families, and groups. 


A sample of areas where I have many years of experience treating: depression, anxiety/stress, trauma, anger, life adjustments, insecurity/low self-esteem, school avoidance, work stress, and interpersonal relationships.

Foggy Waters
Woman by the Water

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

I am expert in CBT.  I also teach graduate students and write about CBT.

The therapeutic relationship is valued while using an evidence-based practice for treating multiple problems and mental health disorders.  A variety of interventions can be used based on your presenting needs.  The goal is for long-term change in not only reducing distress but improving overall well-being.

Specialize in Adolescents & Young Adults

I am an expert in working with adolescents and young adults. I have many years of experience teaching, counseling, and research with this population.

I have worked with adolescents and young adults in various settings, from inpatient psychiatric hospitals to community outpatient clinics.  I can treat significant mental health issues like PTSD, chronic depression, and anger while also providing support for significant life adjustments like transitioning to college, post-college transition (employment, graduate/professional school), and secondary school related stressors.

Forest
Crossing the River

Mindfulness & Acceptance

I can help you foster self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-acceptance.

Mindfulness means maintaining a present-focused awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, by focusing on thoughts and feelings without judgment.  Ultimately, a key goal is for thoughts to focus on what is being sensed in the present moment rather than ruminating over the past or worrying about the future.

Specialize in Adolescents & Adults with Trauma

I am a trained expert in using Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) and Prolonged Exposure in treating trauma.

TF-CBT and Prolonged Exposure are two well-established, effective treatment approaches used to work through past traumatic experiences with the goal of developing new meaning and personal growth. Both approaches focus on processing the traumatic experience(s) and associated triggers.  TF-CBT typically uses a trauma narrative (process trauma through story) and Prolonged Exposure primarily uses imaginal exposure (process trauma through verbal recall).

  • Individual Sessions are currently $200 (50 minutes)

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