Numerous studies show that a strong therapeutic alliance, which we can define as the connection between therapist and client, is the most important factor in positive counseling outcomes, especially with teens and young adults.
With this in mind, I’m very relationship-oriented. Initial sessions focus on developing a strong therapeutic alliance and most of the clinical work I do is one-on-one.
Beyond this relationship-oriented foundation, I’m pretty pragmatic and believe in doing what will be effective.
Typically, that means that I utilize a somewhat eclectic mix of approaches. These include motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, attachment theory, and cognitive behavioral traditions.
In addition, I have significant training and experience providing dialectical behavior therapy (or DBT). I often use DBT-informed approaches when meeting with individuals who are suicidal, highly anxious, or extremely stuck.