Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience. While my main treatment modality is CBT, in my 15 years of practice I've developed an eclectic approach and I often integrate elements of ACT, DBT, IFS, positive psychology, psychodynamic, systems, mindfulness-based and solution-focused therapies. I strongly believe in using evidence-based treatment to improve mood, coping, and relationships.
As a trauma therapist, I'm trained in multiple treatment modalities including EMDR, Flash, and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). While CPT can be extremely effective on it's own, I've had great success working with clients who previously tried EMDR but have not yet achieved their desired outcomes.
We can meet in-person or online through a secure platform. My office is equipped with air filtration and we follow cleaning procedures between each client.
There are so many topics and real-life situations where we can apply CBT but a few areas that I cover with almost every client relate to assertive communication and building self-esteem. Clients with depression, for example, sometimes experience negative thoughts about themselves, their self worth, their effectiveness in the world, and their experiences in relationships.
Building self-esteem can seem like a daunting task. However, there are many approaches to accomplish this goal. Any behaviors that potentially reflect a sense of comfort and confidence in one's self worth are worth exploring and building upon. Working on improved assertiveness also can improve symptoms of depression because when we speak and act in ways that affirm our self-value, we build confidence. We send clear messages to ourselves (and others) that we have a right to take up space, to advocate for our own needs, and share parts of ourselves with the world.
Practicing self-esteem can be as simple as:
Pause for a moment and reflect on the above. It can be helpful to "rank" your strength in each area, on a scale of 0-5. If you have areas of lower skill or confidence, make it a point to practice!
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