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Although there are many forms of therapy you can pursue, my expertise is in time-limited, evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT). CBT is designed to help individuals notice and shift their thoughts, physical feelings, and behaviors in order to get relief from painful emotions such as anxiety and sadness. In addition, I have expertise in multiple forms of CBT to restart recovery following trauma exposure, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). These time-limited, evidence-based therapies often allow individuals to meet their goals within 12-16 sessions.
Individual therapy for adults may be available either in-office or via video conferencing.
In order to strengthen and repair relationships it is necessary to create emotional safety for both members of the couple. Couple therapy occurs across several phases, including:
Understanding the current and historical factors that influence the current struggle,
Exploring each partner's experiences, including the behaviors they engage in and the emotions influencing those behaviors.
Up until September 2019, I served as the Director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System's Family Mental Health Program. In that role I developed expertise in multiple forms of evidence-based couple therapy, including Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), Traditional Behavioral Couple Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CBCT for PTSD).
Couple therapy may be available either in-office or via video conferencing.
Throughout my career I have worked to educate myself about the best ways to serve my clients, including ways to meet the needs of LGBTQ clients. My dissertation, for instance, focused on the development and evaluation of relationship education services for male same-sex couples. While a staff psychologist at the VA San Diego, I served as a member of our facility's LGBTQ Work Group, whose charge was to attend to and strive to improve the experience of LGBTQ Veterans receiving care at the VA. Most recently, I co-authored an article titled, "Providing Relationship Interventions to Same-Sex Couples: Clinical Considerations, Program Adaptations, and Continuing Education."
For nearly a decade, I worked at the VA San Diego Healthcare System providing mental health services to individuals and couples struggling with a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship strain. During this time I learned a great deal about the experiences veterans and active duty service members may experience.
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