Therapy with me is an interactive experience. I don’t just simply listen quietly and nod my head as you speak, nor do I tell you exactly what you must do. I guide you in the sense of offering reflections and feedback. Together we discover the unhealthy patterns that keep reoccurring in your life. It is a time when, working together, we actively pursue your most important goals.
Hi, I’m Kitty, and I have a client-centered approach to therapy, which means I am here for you, unconditionally. I provide abundant support by giving you my undivided attention with a non-judgmental ear, and a safe space for you to feel free to express yourself.
I also integrate other methods into my therapy sessions, including mind and body work, mindfulness practices, and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
Mind and Body Work
Research has shown that therapeutic focus on the mind and body positively affects a person’s overall health and quality of life. In session, I may ask you to describe physical feelings that come up in your body as we process emotions. We may also do body-scanning meditations. Sometimes we may hold stress-relieving yogic poses.
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing our awareness on the present moment in order to better regulate our emotions. It helps us to feel less “crazy” or out of control. Some of the mindfulness techniques I value and love to use (but am not limited to) during sessions are guided relaxation meditations, exercises where we focus on our five senses (taste, smell, touch, sight, and sound), and diaphragmatic breathing (I call it the deep belly breath!).
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach that focuses on the way you perceive a situation and helps you manage unhelpful thoughts and behavior. Examples of how this would look in a therapy session might be a review of homework where you’ve been asked to track your anxiety for a week, an assessment of how changes in diet and sleep have recently been working, or learning and practicing changing negative thoughts to realistic, positive ones.
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