Therapy & Counseling, Lake Oswego

"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is not trying."-B. F. Skinner

Approach To Treatment

I believe the best way to treat anxiety is through programs that have been researched and are effective. The term, "Evidence Based Treatments",  refers to treatment that is backed by scientific evidence. That is, studies have been conducted and extensive research has been documented on a particular treatment, and it has proven to be successful. In other words, Clients and their families that follow the programs, shown improvement.

The evidence based treatments that I use include:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that our thoughts determine how we feel and act. CBT is a collaborative process where the individual plays an active role in setting their goals and monitoring their progress. The purpose is to increase self-awareness and facilitate better self-understanding by changing cognitions and improving behavior skills.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a behavioral therapy used for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Exposure involves purposeful and conscious confrontation to direct or imagined objects or situations that trigger anxious thoughts. Response prevention refers to refraining from the compulsive or ritual behaviors created by the obsessive thought. Over time, successful completion of exposures can result in a decrease in anxiety related to obsessive thoughts.

Behavioral Family Systems Therapy (BFST)

Behavioral Family Systems Therapy (BFST) is a type of family therapy that is designed to help reduce parent-adolescent conflict. The focus of the therapy is on problem solving, communication skills training, identification of strong or rigid beliefs, and family structure.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy combines mindfulness and cognitive flexibility to help create behavioral changes. the individual identifies personal values and commits to making changes that will improve their quality of life.