I Help People Get Unstuck.
Psychotherapy & Counseling for Adults in Hood River, OR
Signs Therapy Can Help You…
You notice patterns of…
- Being often ‘on edge’, expecting the worst or worrying excessively
- Feeling a sense of helplessness, worthlessness and/or sadness that won’t go away
- Finding it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or follow through on everyday activities
- Things not seeming to get better despite talking with family and friends
- Avoiding of things that stress you out has taken over your life
You use these types of short-term strategies…
- Distracting by wasting away all your time (internet/Netflix), drinking too much, or using drugs
- Withdrawing & opting out of social activities and other opportunities that could make things better
- Getting stuck in your head & obsessing about your problems
- You put on a good ‘game face’ & pretend like nothing’s wrong
While these are common reactions, they aren’t likely very helpful for addressing the problems and moving on in life.
Taking the step to ask for help is courageous.
I’ve worked with many people to help them move past long-standing problems and return to a fulfilling life. They all started with this first step – asking for help.
What to Expect from Therapy
Challenge to Grow. A psychologist is not a “paid friend”. I’m highly trained in a modern type of cognitive behavioral therapy (called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). It is an active therapy that involves learning new skills.
A first session is a chance for you and I to meet and for me to start to understand what you have been struggling with. We will identify the specific problem areas in your life, make a treatment plan for addressing those issues and then work together to start to learn new ways of addressing the issue.
By taking this approach, you’re much more likely to make some significant, positive changes in your life rather than continuing to use the same old patterns and strategies that haven’t been helping.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT, said as a word, not initials) is the type of therapy that I use most often with clients. It is a practical and ‘hands on’ approach that involves learning & practicing new skills rather than ‘just talking about’ the problem.
When you start a new sport, learn a new language or pick up the skills of a new hobby you are active and involved. Similarly, in this type of therapy you will be actively participating in learning new skills that have a good chance of making your life much more rich, vital and fulfilling.
3 Reasons Why ACT is Different Than Traditional Therapy
#1 – It’s Modern & Evidenced-Based
Unlike many other forms of therapy, ACT has been thoroughly researched and found to be effective for all types of issues, like those mentioned above.
#2 – It’s Active
Most people think of therapy as lying on a couch and talking while the ‘shrink’ takes notes, nods and listens. Instead of lying on a therapy couch for months and years trying to make sense of the past, this approach emphasizes practicality and taking action in your life. While some people come for short-term work and others stay for longer-term work, it is designed to be as brief as needed for what is best for you.
#3 – Labels & Diagnoses Often Aren’t Important.
From the perspective of this type of work you aren’t ‘sick’ and our job is not to make you ‘well’. Instead we can come from the point of view that all people get stuck at times during their life. So instead of treating an illness, we focus on getting you unstuck and moving in the direction of a meaningful, full life.
This is a video that my mentors made that gives a sense of how an ACT therapist sees therapy and works with clients (if you start it please watch until the end).