Treatment Methods

At 12 Oaks Counseling of Hyde Park I take an eclectic approach to working with clients. This is an open and integrative form of psychotherapy that adapts to the unique needs of each specific client, depending on the problem, the treatment goals as well as the client’s expectations and motivation. As an integrative therapist, I draw from a variety of disciplines and may use a range of proven methods thereby customizing the therapeutic process for each individual or couple.

Cognitive Therapy

A relatively short-term form of psychotherapy based on the concept that the way clients think about things affects how they feel emotionally. Cognitive Therapy focuses on present thinking, behavior, and communication rather than on past experiences and is oriented toward problem solving.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Teaches clients to identify, evaluate and change dysfunctional patterns of thinking resulting in mood and behavioral changes.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

A type of cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT primarily helps clients recognize and change problematic patterns of thinking and behaving. By contrast, DBT mainly helps clients regulate intense emotions and improve interpersonal relationships through psycho-education, validation, acceptance and behavioral change.

The Gottman Method

An approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship. The goals are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Focuses on unconscious processes. The goal is to increase client’s self-awareness and understanding the influence of the past on present feelings, behaviors and relationships.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

A psychotherapy that enables clients to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma and distressing life experiences.

Interpersonal Therapy

Aims to improve the quality of clients’ interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce distress and improve interpersonal communication to get one’s needs met.


A type of meditation in which a client focuses on being intensely aware of what a client is sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and helps reduce stress.