Our work with clients is empathic and challenging as well as behavioral and experiential. All aspects of our work are guided by empirical evidence and research. Let’s take a closer look at each of these aspects of therapy to see what they mean for you.
Collaborative and Challenging
You are the expert regarding what is working for you and what isn’t. Therefore, we collaborate with you. We view this collaboration as essential. Together we investigate the challenges you face. As therapists, we also commit ourselves to developing a compassionate, authentic, and accepting therapeutic relationship with you, while still challenging unworkable behaviors—behaviors that prevent you from living the life you desire.
As we work with you, we focus on the present. Our sessions are oriented toward problem solving and overcoming barriers that prevent you from living a valued and meaningful life. We take an active, directive, and goal-oriented approach, and continually monitor your progress toward your desired goals.
Behavioral and Experiential
Our main focus is always on creating and maintaining behavioral change—that is, helping you become the person you want to be. Understanding the root of your struggles is not enough to create long lasting behavioral change. We need to learn the tools and practice new skills in order to develop more adaptive and effective behaviors in our daily life.
To facilitate this, we provide tools and strategies that help you explore and understand the consequences of the things you say and do as well as help you learn effective coping skills. These skills will enable you to overcome obstacles to effective action and to assess which behaviors are consistent with the kind of person you want to be.
Our approach is “experiential” because we incorporate specific techniques (including mindfulness, defusion, thought logs, exposure, metaphors) and experiential exercises to help you relate to your thoughts and feelings in a new way. Together, all of these tools, techniques, and strategies cultivate a compassionate, kind, and accepting stance toward yourself and your experiences.
Guided by Empirical Evidence and Research
We are trained in the most advanced and up-to-date treatment approaches, all which are based on research that supports their efficacy. Our approach is informed by the latest research findings in order to provide you with the highest quality, evidence-based treatments. We customize and tailor our work with you to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to provide you with the skills that you need to feel better and cope more effectively in the shortest period of time. Therefore, we offer flexible time frames for treatment including brief therapy, short-term therapy, and long-term therapy, depending on your particular situation.
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Offices45 Franklin Street
San Francisco , CA 94102 4283 Piedmont Avenue