1. What does evidence-based therapy mean?
Evidence-based therapy uses techniques and strategies that have been researched by scientists and determined to be effective in clinical trials. Cognitive behavioral therapy is an example of an approach that is generally highly effective for anxiety, depression, anger management, and many other common concerns.
However, this does not mean therapy is a "one size fits all" approach. There are always factors that contribute to a specific therapy being more or less effective for a particular client, similar to how different people respond differently to foods and medication. Part of our work in therapy will include monitoring your progress so we can assess which techniques will be most helpful for you.
2. What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a broad term that includes practices focused on improving self-awareness, fostering a strong mind-body connection, and building capacity to be present in your day to day activities. Mindfulness has its roots in Eastern philosophies and cultures, and is widely used by therapists, physicians, coaches, and executives.
3. How is therapy different from coaching?
Therapy is provided only by licensed mental health professionals, who may or may not have experience in coaching. Not all life coaches have training in mental health counseling and there are no licensing requirements for coaching. As a licensed psychologist, I have received extensive and specialized training in the diagnosis and assessment of mental and emotional problems, working with other health professionals such as psychiatrists and primary care physicians, and staying updated with the latest research on what approaches are most effective for addressing emotional problems and building resilience.
4. How do I know therapy is working?
There are many ways people experience growth. Some common indicators of progress are improved functioning in relationships and work, more self-awareness, feeling more connected to your values and goals, reduced anxiety and better emotion management skills. In my work with clients, I collaboratively monitor and discuss progress so that both my client and I believe the therapy is continuing to be productive, as circumstances and needs change.