Wellness is a mind-body experience. How you think affects how you feel, and how you feel affects how you think. This means that it’s maladaptive to believe we can separate the body and the mind during therapy, treating each individually. Instead of using only one modality to treat anxiety disorders, I’ve adopted a holistic approach to wellness that integrates a top-down and bottom-up approach.
In therapy, I offer psychoeducation that helps you better understand how the brain works and how we can modify the thoughts we endorse to break maladaptive habits and promote healthier ones. Through various exercises, your brain has the opportunity to practice identifying cognitive distortions that keep you in a prison of self-doubt, and you’ll learn how to challenge and replace self-sabotaging thinking. While doing this, you are changing your relationship with anxiety and learning how to effectively manage it.
Additionally, I model and guide you through body awareness exercises to enhance self-awareness to help you be present with difficult sensations and find ways to naturally release them. These activities help to rebalance neural networks and help one gain an increased level of self-awareness. By doing this, you are better able to practice self-compassion and let go of unnecessary self-criticism and anxiety.