Types of Therapy
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOR THERAPY (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was created by Dr. Marsha Linehan and designed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It has since been recognized as an effective, evidence-based treatment for a wide variety of issues including self-harm, suicide ideation, addiction, eating disorders, intense mood swings, impulsive behavior, lashing out at loved ones, and other forms of emotion dysregulation. DBT involves a combination of individual therapy, group skills training (a multi-family group for teenagers in DBT), and phone coaching in between sessions. During skills training and in individual therapy, skills learned include emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.
At Equilibrium, I provide comprehensive DBT following the protocols set out in research to ensure that the therapy provided will be most effective. I am part of a consultation team with several other DBT therapists and Dr. Charles Swenson, a DBT expert who has worked closely with Dr. Marsha Linehan in developing and researching DBT.
I provide Gender Therapy to assist those who are trans* or gender-questioning find their own “equilibrium” in their gender identity. Often, that equilibrium includes finding an effective way to tell loved ones about their gender identity and navigate the relational issues that can arise. That equilibrium also includes handling transition issues related to work, school, and gender-expression. For those interested in medically transitioning, I provide support with navigating the medical system as well as letters for hormone treatment and surgeries. I have knowledge and experience working with those who identify as non-binary, gender fluid, and gender queer and can provide supportive, nonjudgmental therapy to individuals wherever they might be on the gender spectrum (or, as I like to see it, the gender “prism”).
I provide Couples Therapy to couples from all walks of life, including those in polyamorous relationships, D/S and kinky relationships, relationships where one or more members of the couple are transgendered, and relationships where one or more members of the couple are in the armed forces. I have experience with and knowledge of the unique issues that come up in these various types of relationships. In my work with couples my focus is on helping each member to grow individually so they can come together in a more effective way. I utilize a DBT approach to couples therapy as well as an attachment-based perspective.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy is another evidence-based therapy designed to treat symptoms of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Using Prolonged Exposure, I am able to help individuals reduce the intense emotional reactions to reminders of their trauma and alter the problematic core beliefs that form as a result of trauma. Prolonged Exposure involves re-experiencing trauma in a safe space in order to fully process and heal from it. As Prolonged Exposure can be an intense treatment, I require an initial assessment with clients interested in pursuing Prolonged Exposure Treatment to determine a client’s readiness for it.